Seeds forum: cold treatment of seeds?????

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Name: Sandy Coffman
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wren
May 27, 2013 8:15 PM CST
I live in Florida and we have few cold days. I also have seeds that need a "cold" treatment to grow.
I have tried the putting into bag of moistened mix but they are hard to sow afterwards.
Now I found a package that says to put in the freezer for a few weeks

What is the best way to give seeds a "cold" treatment with out taking up a lot of space in the Frigidaire.

Can I just put the seed packages in the freezer for a few weeds or must they be in a moist environment???

Thank you for any help
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
May 27, 2013 8:58 PM CST
Seeds which need stratifying, need to be in a moist medium.
You could do this by placing the seeds in a small plastic container of vermiculite.
Make the vermiculite moist,but not wet, and sprinkle the seeds onto it.
Place the lid on the container and place in freezer for that time.

I usually allow the seeds and vermiculite to sit overnight at room temperature so the
seeds "imbibe" the moisture , before they go in the freezer. Maybe in Florida a few hours at room temperature would be fine.
Name: Sandy Coffman
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wren
May 28, 2013 9:29 AM CST
thanks
so it is the freezer not the ice box?

One reason I asked was I get some seeds that had been pre chilled and they where not wet.(problems was that I could not get out and plant them do to knee surgery)
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
May 28, 2013 12:04 PM CST
Some just need chilling so the 'frig is good.
Others need cold treatment in which case the freezer is better.

If those said "pre-chilled" then I'd just put them in the frig.
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
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wren
May 28, 2013 2:45 PM CST
Thank you very much. Not to find enough room in there for the seeds. Big Grin
Name: Erik
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eriktampabay
May 29, 2013 6:08 AM CST
For palm seeds. I clean, float off. Then vacuum seal them in a seal a meal package and place in the crisper drawer for a few weeks.
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
May 29, 2013 5:35 PM CST

Moderator

pretty cool
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
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wren
May 29, 2013 6:01 PM CST
What do you mean by "float off"??

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