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Bittersweet from seed

Posted by mycalicogirls Z4 MN Rochester area (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 28, 08 at 7:01

Has anyone started native wild bittersweet from seed? I have a bag of them and need to get them in the ground. Any special recommendations? Molly

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RE: Bittersweet from seed

I tried it once and got zero germination. Maybe someone else will have had better luck at it, or you could do a google search for the optimal method. Good luck and if you're successful, please report back with your tips!

RE: Bittersweet from seed

I've had very good germination of Bittersweet seeds after cold moist stratification for 3 months.

RE: Bittersweet from seed

Tell more details about the stratification. Do I score them, then put them in the fridge? Molly

RE: Bittersweet from seed

Here how I started my bitter sweet vines. Don't score the seed. Make sure all the pulp from the fruit is cleaned off and plant them 1/4 inch deep in pots. Water them so they are damp but not saturated, (Too much water will rot them during stratification). I put the pots in plastic bags to keep them from drying out in the refrigerator. Put them in the fridge for at least 3 months, then take them out and put them under grow lights or outside if it's warm.

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