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Re: HYB: pod ripening/germination

  • Subject: Re: HYB: pod ripening/germination
  • From: Linda Mann <lmann@lock-net.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 19:14:29 -0400

David, that's only true for some of us. If you are germinating seeds outdoors and you have reasonably consistent weather, outdoor germination seems to work well.

But if you are either in a season or microclimate or the kind of care you can give outdoor pots results in temperature and rainfall all over the place during the winter, germination can be really poor.

Lots of discussion in the archives re: the "burrito" method and variations for refrigeration to improve germination consistency. Duration of chilling requirements varies from cross to cross. Some folks dry, then soak, then chill, others chill freshly shelled seeds, I just stick the whole pod in the fridge. My TB crosses take 2 to 5 months of chilling, more or less.

<   It was mentioned in an earlier thread here that higher germination
rates can be obtained by stratifying the seeds in the fridge and then
planting, vs. planting them outdoors to begin with. Approximately what
duration of time should there be between harvesting the seed, placing in the
fridge, and then planting? Thanks!

Linda M

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