Answer: Gaultheria seeds can be sown in the fall or in the spring. Fall is preferred because the cold weather will break the seed coat and hasten germination; spring sowing is next best. If you can sow the seeds outdoors now, there may still be enough cold weather to hasten germination in the early spring. Sow on the surface of peatmoss and press the seeds down to ensure good soil/seed contact. Keep the seedstarting mix moist but not soggy wet. You can simply place the trays, pots or flats outdoors in a bright but shady spot and check periodically to make sure the soil never dries out. I start my salal seeds in pots beneath hemlock trees. This keeps rainfall from floating the seeds out of the pots, yet allows some moisture and bright light to reach the seeds. Best wishes with your salal!
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