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Re: Re: HYB: germination - "no" chill

  • Subject: Re: Re: HYB: germination - "no" chill
  • From: "Mike Greenfield" <mgreenfield@cinci.rr.com>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 12:47:45 -0400

Linda Mann wrote:
Or maybe some of those outdoor seeds just rotted & would have regardless
 of how wet they were.  Occasionally, pods here contain seeds that look
 normal, but do rot without germinating.  Always wonder why...

I believe this is a common problem with outdoor planting. The freeze/thaw of early spring kills the early germinaters. We only see the seed shells or the mushy seeds. The new root and emerging leaf are rotted away after the freeze.

Thus the planting of the pot in the ground keeps it from thawing as easily. Packing mulch or leaves around the pots could have the same results. Any method that keeps the dirt from thawing intermintly would work.

Mike Greenfield
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