I have been experimenting with germinating seedlings here on the central
coast. This year I divided my seeds approximately in half. Half I
immediatly put into pots with soil and kept watered (I didn't dry them
first) The other half I wrapped each cross in a piece of nylon stocking
tied with a twisty and labeled with a small piece of venetian blind with a
number for the cross. The ones I started immed. are already germinated and
are ready to plant out. The other cross I put into a colander and kept wet
for 10 days alternating wet and dry and now I will put them into the
crisper in the fridge for a fake winter. Last year I did a similar
experiment dried 1/2 the seeds first before planting them in pots outside.
I have around 100 crosses so I have alot of material to work with. Last
year I ended up with approx 1000 seedlings which I planted out in February.
My climate is very mild so the small tender seedlings have no winter
problems. Joe Ghio just plants his seeds in a seed bed right in the ground
after drying the seeds. He feels that it is useless going to all this
trouble if you don't gain a year. I do have some rebloom seedling blooming
from last years (96) crosses but who is to say they wouldn't have bloomed
without all the fuss I put into them.
Central Coast of California
Mild summers, Mild, wet winters
USDA Zone 8 (Zone15-16 Sunset zone)
> I have read of several ways of hybridizing TB's and want to improve on
> my germinating rates. The best I've done was approx. 55%. Last year I
> heard of someone that got a 90% germination rate, I tried it and got
> roughly 2%. What I would like to know here is what methods are used from
> the time of seed collection to the time of germination and roughly the
> germination rate. I would like details as to the number of days that
> certain events happened, ie: soaking seeds in water for 10 days,
> changing water every day. I'm partically interested in the hybridizers
> in the south and west coast as they should be close to the weather
> conditions that I have here in Grass Valley, CA.
> Art Bern email@example.com
> Grass Valley, CA zone 6/7