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Stratifying Seeds

December 22nd, 2015

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had a seed starting winter project in the works. This past week I started the process of soaking and stratifying various seeds. They were soaked for the allotted amount of time and now they are all tucked into little plastic containers in the fridge for 21-60 days depending on variety.
Seed Stratification 1
I like to use these small rectangular containers that I get feta cheese in. Everything is labeled with variety, days soaked, date it was put into the fridge, and number of days it needs cold treatments. The date to remove each variety is marked on my calendar so I don’t forget anything in the back of the fridge.
Seed Stratification 2
These will all be ready to go into little pots when I start other seeds in a few months, perfect timing. I’m really looking forward to this process, I hope I have decent germination rates, especially for the hardy cedar of lebanon!

Have you ever stratified seeds in the fridge?

4 Comments to “Stratifying Seeds”
  1. Misti on December 22, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Ah, thanks for reminding me! I have milkweed seeds I need to stratify. I actually meant to do it a month ago but I kept forgetting!

    Chris has stratified seeds but I haven’t.
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  2. Jodiana on December 22, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I have never started seeds that need that kind of treatment. I don’t think I would remember they were there….
    I do have 8 paw paw seeds from the 1 fruit I got this fall. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with them. The fruit was from a tree I planted 10yrs ago.

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  3. Sarah on December 22, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    I stratified a few quince and apple seeds for a horticulture class in college. The apples didn’t survive and I have left the area now but I imagine my little quince tree is still standing. It was quite hardy.

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  4. Trish on December 23, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    what are u planting that needs stratifying? I also have milkweed seeds that need stratifying. I need to look up how to do that for these seeds

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