The Q&A Archives: Dogwood Seed Germination

Question: What are the optimum conditions for dogwood seed germination? What are the best temperatures and are there any special seed treatments?

Answer: Seeds of dogwood (Cornus) require alternate warmth and chilling prior to successful germination. Sow on the surface of well-draining growing medium, and keep at 70F for two months, then refrigerate for 3 months. After the pre-treatment seeds will germinate in 90-730 days when kept at 50F-60F.

Be sure to keep soil moist but not soggy wet throughout the germination process.

Good luck with your dogwood!

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