Dogwood Seed Germination - Knowledgebase Question

East Lansing, MI
Question by JonMSU
February 26, 2000
What are the optimum conditions for dogwood seed germination? What are the best temperatures and are there any special seed treatments?


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Answer from NGA
February 26, 2000

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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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