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Perennial Seed Germination Made Complicated (or rather easy) — 4 Comments

  1. Mother Nature and her trickery. Stratification is not an area into which I have purposely ventured or have read much about.
    The detailed info you have provided is fascinating. It also explains my current struggle with germinating my Verbena bonariensis..”Be sure to do your research!” 🙂 Like you, I’m taking on the challenge of trying to broaden my capability to grow from seed. A big THANK YOU for taking time to write such a comprehensive article!

    • Thank YOU, Karen! I have gone from shaking my head at all the wasted seeds & pots & thinking, “Why do I even bother?” – to – with a better understanding of where the seed is coming from and what it does to better survive, greeting long awaited sprouts. Very satisfying experience! (except when they later get nipped off by roly poly pillbugs! but that’s for another story). Good luck to you!
      P.S. Tom Clothier says for Verbena bonariensis, “Sow at -4 to +4ºC (24-39ºF) for 4 wks, move to 20ºC (68ºF)for germination.”

      • Best laid plans,I know the feeling! Then there’s the flip side when something wonderful comes up you didn’t give thoughtful time and care. If only I wasn’t so OCD. …Happy Spring to you.

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