Re: greenhouse news

Michael Hasemann (
Mon, 16 May 1994 08:52:06 +0300 (EET DST)

> Hey, talk about record germination rate! Michael Haseman on this list
> was good enough to send to me some seed of _P.vulgaris_ from various
> frosty climes (one north of the arctic circle!). Seeds from such cold
> areas are often very hard to germinate, as the seeds want *just* the
> right combination of freezes and warmth or something. But I planted
> these seeds from Michael and I'm getting huge amounts of germination
> within 7 days! Michael, did you pretreat this seed? Is it fresh or
> did you store it in the freezer or refrigerator?

Actually, looks like I should try them myself too. I have not tried
them myself. :-) I still have seeds left. If somebody else wants to
give them a try. Maybe, others can report similar results then.

I collected these seeds two - five years ago !!! Since then
I stored them in the fridge at temperatures around 5-7 centigrades.

The vegatation period might be quite short in both cases (3 month).

BTW: somewhere I have read that the light spectrum is very important
to trigger germination of seeds from so far north. (the red parts of
the sun light are quite strong since the sun stays for a couple of
hours just above the horizon.)




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