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    hi guys, i just got a whole bunch of sar seeds from the new england wild flower soceity and just want to know in your opinons which is the best method to chose from to germinate them? any extra things i might not know bout? i know the basics of cp seed sowing, i just wanted to know a little bit more from more experinced growers.

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    Like what, z5? Stratification? Artificial light growing? What?
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    Mt preferred method is to buy one of the small square germination trays that are sold at garden centers, and wal-mart. I save the peat chips foor something else. I use a mix of 40/40/20 Sand/peat/LFS. Place the seeds on top of the soil mix. Treat soil and seeds with a fungacide. funganex or neem oil woks well for me. Place the whole container with the top on in the fridge for three Mo. Aftyer that you can either place it in the sun or under grow lamps. I prefer grow light because once the seeds germinate and sprout you can keep them under 24 hour lighting. Once you have plantletts remove the lid a little more each day to acclimate the Sarrs to your humidity.
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    Method 1:

    Sow on sphagnum peat in a greenhouse or cold frame. They will germinate when the weather warms up in April.

    Method 2:

    Wrap seeds in paper towel and then wet the whole thing with rainwater. Wrap in foil and place in the fridge for 5 weeks. Then sow on sphagnum peat and keep on a sunny windowsill.

    I've never had any fungus problems with seeds, so I wouldn't bother with the fungicide personally.
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    I've used the paper towel method as well but last year when I did it I ended up with seedcicles in a bag. The germination rate was horibble after that. Of course I could have gotten some bad seed, or any number of variables could have caused this. I would think sisnce you live in Mass. you be OK putting them outside. In Texas the weather is alot warmer so fungus and mold seem to be more prevalant.
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    thanks guys, i think ill try the frigde method

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    I have had fungus problems with sarra seed. If you put them in the fridge DONT put them in a ziplock bag, that was where I made my mistake.

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    thanks for the warning, ill keep an eye on it.

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