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Re: HYB:Seed

On 10 Dec 00, at 11:41, Christopher Darlington wrote:

> Walter wrote:
> "When harvested, my seeds are dried in dixie cups, then are placed 
> in pill bottles that go into the freezer in late August where they 
> stay till planting day."
> Walter ,
> Is the freezing stage of your seeds just what you consider optimal
> storage conditions for your seeds or does this two month freeze play a
> role in the germination factor. 
> Chris
	Wow!  Am I doing a lot of talking today!

	Two reasons why I freeze seeds.

      One is the chilling factor.  Sometimes, winter is just about 
absent here, and all the cold I can provide does help in germination. 
Last year was the exception because of the almost total absence of 
winter.  Even though my seeds were frozen, there was poor 
germination.  I planted the seeds at my usual time in November, but 
because of the very warm weather all winter, only about a quarter of 
the seeds sprouted.  If winter is normal or below, germination is 
much better.

	I also freeze the seeds to keep them from molding during our humid 
summers.  Even in the house under air-conditioning, if the seeds are 
left outside of the freezer, they can still mold in the pill bottles.

    Many people get livid when I tell them I freeze seeds because 
they think the embryo is killed by freezing.  That is NOT true.

    Walter Moores
    Enid Lake, MS USA 7/8

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