Seeds forum: Pokeweed from seed

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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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Sep 21, 2014 8:54 PM CST
I'm ordering variegated pokeweed seeds. Normally they are eaten by birds to help germination. Would planting seeds in a pot leaving them out all winter make them germinate in Spring?
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Sep 21, 2014 9:00 PM CST
I may be wrong but I use a rule that if a seed is inside a nice juicy berry then it must need cold, moist stratification.
So if that's true then winter sowing would be the way to go. Second choice would be a container of damp medium in the fridge for 2 - 3 months and them plant in the sprint. I'd hedge my bet and do both ways.

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Name: Linda
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Sep 21, 2014 9:58 PM CST
Pokeweed seeds germinate pretty easily, from my experience. But maybe that's because mine usually are eaten by birds first before they end up in the ground...I've heard that that really increases chances of germination!
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