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Oct 23, 2017 4:31 PM CST
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Name: Kyle
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Just soaked Halesia carolina and Styrax americanus seeds for 24 hrs.
I know there are generalized instructions for seed germinating all over the web. Not so great for immediate need to know info on specific situations.
Anyway. The Halesia seeds are big and hard. Are there smaller seeds inside and do I need to break them out before planting?
The Styrax seeds are still floating except for about 5 that sank. Are the floaters no good?
Thanks for any help. I read the seed storage thread and am very impressed with the knowledge and advice on this forum.
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Oct 24, 2017 10:18 AM CST
Name: Rick R.
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Halesia seed is contained in a drupe, so the whole winged "seed" is not just the seed. But nurserymen plant the whole thing with success. Expect them to sprout in the second year. I have examined seed from my Styrax americanus bush/tree, and they are incredibly woody, to the point that I questioned their viability. I have never soaked the seeds, but they do usually float when I put them in water, yet they do sprout when planted. I would suspect that all your seed is good. They sprout quite uniformly, but a month or even two months after most other seeds. So be patient.

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Oct 24, 2017 12:59 PM CST
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Name: Kyle
Middle TN (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Plant and/or Seed Trader Cat Lover Dog Lover Roses Ferns
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Thank you so much. Now I can plant with confidence!
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