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Offline mikey

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Fresh seeds . . . how to behave ?
« on: Monday, 28 October 2013 - 12:07:31 »
Hello to everybody !!!  :)
I'm in the middle of my second sowing season
and have a question for more experienced growers :
A few weeks ago I had the chance to get some "fresh" (!?!?) seeds.
Seeds come from a couple of E. horizonthalonius pollinated in the early spring,
I received seeds at the end of the summer and 3 weeks ago I sowed a couple of pots (30 seeds)with them.
I soon noticed a very low germination rate :-\, at the moment out of 30 seeds I had just one seedling germinated,
while in the other pots with seeds coming from a different source I had my average germination rate (about 60/80 %).
So now I'm trying to understand why these fresh seeds did not germinate:
Since Seeds are fresh (plants pollinated in may-june) perhaps they needed some treatment before sowing ?
Or maybe they are too fresh to be sowed ? :-[
Plese give me some advice, I have some more seeds but I don't want waste them !!!


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Re: Fresh seeds . . . how to behave ?
« Reply #1 on: Monday, 28 October 2013 - 20:35:31 »
Do you think that scarifying fresh seeds can be dangerous ?
I mean that when fresh
skin of the seed is still soft so maybe I killed them ? ???
I can't believe that the most rare seeds of my collection don't germinate,
It'so strange !!!

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Re: Fresh seeds . . . how to behave ?
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 14:54:25 »
hello mikey, we obtained fresh seeds from our plants this summer and already sow them in the propagator.
we scarified them and they sprout in high %, so we do not think this method can affect the viability of the seeds.
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Re: Fresh seeds . . . how to behave ?
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 16:17:16 »
Many thanks for sharing your opinion/experience !!!
You said you have obtained seeds from your plants this summer and they are OK,
this means that very fresh seeds (few months) of E. horizonthalonius germinate with no doubt !!!
I was hoping they had to get a bit older to work but apparently (as I can see from your experience)
this is not necessary!!!
I have to think about something else . . .

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Re: Fresh seeds . . . how to behave ?
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 20:26:40 »
it's possible the seeds are not viable cos of the parents...
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Re: Fresh seeds . . . how to behave ?
« Reply #5 on: Thursday, 31 October 2013 - 07:52:29 »
Hi Mikey,

Sometimes i also have these problems with horizonthalonius seeds.

I put them in sulforic acid for 8 minutes and then clean them in water. This usually help!

I hope this helps
Dan

 

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