P. vulgaris

David Purks (telenet!twinkie!dkpurks@uunet.UU.NET)
Mon, 16 May 1994 10:16:39 -0400 (EDT)

> 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?

I got some P. vulgaris ("Jeseniky Mts, Czech Rep") seed from the
seed bank a while back which seems to be growing just about as
quickly. I planted it on wet milled sphagum, put the pot in a
baggie, and plopped it into the vegetable crisper of my fridge. The
seeds sat in there undisturbed for about 8 weeks. I took them out
about 10 days ago and I noticed a lot of green shoots beginning to
poke out this weekend.

I wish I could say the same for the D. intermedia. I didn't cold treat
them and after more than 2 months I still don't have anything coming up.
Maybe it's time to send these seeds to the cooler?