Starting Anemone japonica from Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Garden Friend
Altoona, PA
Question by leefrank
February 4, 1998
I want to start Anemone japonica from seed. I have been reading that they're difficult and take special handling.


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Answer from NGA
February 4, 1998

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They do require a process called "stratification", which means breaking the seed's dormancy through simulating winter conditions. All you need to do is place the seeds in a plastic bag with some moistened peat moss, and refrigerate them for 2-3 weeks. After this, sow seeds, barely covered with soil, in flats under a growlight. Keep temps around 70F for germination to occur. As the seedlings appear, transplant them to larger pots, and once they've put on a few more inches of growth, place them in the garden bed.
They're much easier to deal with after that - just give them partial shade, regular watering and mulch, and they should be happy.

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