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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?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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