From experience, you will have better luck if you only sow them on LFS, cover with a plastic wrap (poke small holes in it) and give them a natural temperature/light fluctuation. I usually get good success with ceph seeds when I put them on an east side windowsill from November to Spring. The temperature drop under 15C near the window in Winter and rise slowly in Spring. Never had success with artificial stratification.
Post by snapperhead51 on Oct 6, 2016 21:30:29 GMT -5
yes LLoyd is right no need to sterilize unless your going to do T/c , , but would recommend the 4 month stratification through , in the wild the seed ripens in Feb out peak summer here in AU ,it falls to ground and sits till winter , were wind rain and other factors distribute the seed around, very few wild seed germinate, the ones that do will germinate in spring time after the 4 to 5 months of colder weather ( our winter), which is there natural stratification , we try to emulate this to achieve the best germination results in cultivation ,, I personally take the seed and dry store it in the fridge in paper packets and air tight container for the 4 months or so and sow a month or so before spring to get a result , this is the natural cycle , or cause many variations are available and tried, but the natural evolution is to have the cold stratification to germinate . 1 other thing I do before sowing seed in spring after dry fridge strat is to soak the seed in clean rain water for 24 to 48 hrs before sowing to get the outer husk wet and start the seed germination cycle going ,a mix of warmth and sun or lights and water will set this in motion the only exception is when doing T/c where Stratification can be avoided but find is still works better after a time in cold strat before sterilization and sowing on media
Interesting that so few seed germinates in the wild. You'd think that in natural conditions there would be lots of seedlings.
yes indeed so , but in the cp world i see that many specie breeding plants dont have a lot of seedlings any where round , from the amount of seed produced you would think that it would be masses around , but not so , ,would think due to indifferent distribution of the seed many just dont fall into the right germination area suited to there plants needs , just for 1 instance, ceph seed at coal mine beach, dew to its location very close to the sea a large amount just get washed in to the sea from rain and wind, the ones that are able to stay may be other climate factors , birds eat seed too slugs , snails ect , so is really why plants produce masses of seed and natural germination is low in most specie
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