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    accidental freeze while cold stratifying

    hi
    im cold stratifying some mixed sarracenia seeds and i noticed today that they had frozen in my frig. i looked at them a couple of days ago and they were fine so its probably only been 2 days. ive turned down my frig and im sure they could get worse in nature so im thinking im fine but if im not id rather know it now than in a few months when nothing sprouts.
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    Welcome.

    Though only time will tell, I would imagine that they would be fine. I've heard of people making seedcicles for simulating the winter season. Unless your fridge is THAT cold, it should be fine.
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    I'm with Est, only time will tell and I do agree, I'm sure they suffer through more in nature than a mere two days of light frost.

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    A seedsickle is excatly what JBL does!

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    Mine are in the greenhouse from now until they germinate in spring. They've been frozen on and off for a week now, but will be fine.

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    Freezing can actually speed up the vernalization/stratification process. The seeds will be fine. They freeze in their native habitats.
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    dKing, there is no harm. I kept some sarras seeds in the frozen compartment and had good germination.

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    I thought freezing was no shortcut to stratification Brooks? 4 weeks at 4C is better than 3 weeks at 0 I understood?

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