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    Hi,

    I was just out inspecting the bog to see how nicely it's filling up with leaves for mulch and noticed that S. flava and S. purpurea had some fertile looking heads nodding on some dried stems. I gathered them and to my surprise there are like tons of seeds in these things, though be they small. About like radish seed I guess. They seem round and fertile, not sunken in on the sides or anything. I'd love to have a go at them. I've put them in small glass bottles to keep them seperate, though I'm wondering about natural crosses in polination? Would be kind of cool to get some surprises. Both were in bloom at the same time.
    I've read about how seedlings can damp off at a certain age and their low success rates. I'd like to know if any of you have any tips? To stratify or not to stratify? When to start them, etc? Thanks for any info.
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    Ok, wrap the seeds in a damp paper towel and put it in the fridge for 4 to 6 weeks (I usually do 5). Then sow them on sphagnum moss if possible, although peat will do. I dip the moss in fungicide, and then the seeds. When first growth emerges, douse them with some more fungicide too.
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    Thanks Alvin. Like what type of fungicide? Dusting sulfur? And at what temp should they be after the stratification to germinate, and thereafter, and at what age can they handle normal outdoor temps...(keep in mind it gets down to -20*F here in the winter)?
    Thanks again.
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    Hi Indy,
    You may want to protect the flava and purpurea seedlings for the first couple of years or 3 to have a higher number of plants. I would sow the seed in Jan or Feb and germination should happen in early Spring. Germination should take place when temps reach around 60 f in my experience. To prevent desication if you are using peat, a fine sprinkling of moss peat so the seed is just hidden from view is a good practice.
    Best Regards

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