Ask a Question forum: Atropa belladonna will not germinate for me

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May 13, 2017 4:39 PM CST
It's been exactly one month to do the day since I have planted 100 Atropa belladonna seeds in indoor seed trays. Prior to their planting, I cold stratified the seeds using the cold water method - submerging the seeds in cold water in an old pill bottle and placing them in the fridge, replacing their cold water every day for two weeks.

So far, absolutely nothing.

I have been keeping the soil reasonably moist with daily spray bottle usage. The house and soil are about 60-65F°. I have recently moved them to a south facing window at the suggestion of a fellow gardener who suggested they are greedy for light in germination.

I'm not sure what else to do; does anyone have any tips or suggestions? I am aware that they have an extremely slow germination rate but the few accounts I could dig up usually said they saw signs of life after a week or so.

Also, before anyone warns me, though I appreciate the sentiment - I am keenly aware of their toxicity. I am growing them for my small business, am not planning on ingesting them, I have no children, and should they germinate I plan to grow them in a locked greenhouse on a high shelf where my two very tiny dogs can't reach them.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 14, 2017 11:10 AM CST
Im not familiar with them. But i'll try.
Never heard of water stratification. Two weeks in water seems they would dround or rot ? Dry in frig for a few weeks would be same.
I believe all seeds you buy have been cold stratified.
Some seeds have hard outter shells that need to be skuffed with sandpaper or knife so they can break out of shell.
Your friend mentioned lite. That could be it ! Some seeds need lite to germinate. You just put seeds on top of soil to sprout.
If seeds arnt dead, it could be soil is to cold. Get a plant warming mat.
Thers my best guesses.
Let me know. Thumbs up
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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