Anthyllis montana germination

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Gene Mirro
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Joined: 2010-02-25
Anthyllis montana germination

This isn't a tall tale, I swear. I scarified the seed on 1/19 between two sheets of sandpaper, taking care not to damage the inside of the seeds. I then soaked them in warm water for 24 hours, and sowed 1/8th inch deep on 1/20, in gritty mix at around 55 - 60F, in ordinary indoor light. They are nearly all up tonight, 1/24.

I've sown these several times before without scarifying, and gotten almost no germination, even after several months.

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

You don't have to convince me... Fabaceae, especially, are amazing for rapid germination after scarification!

Lori Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3 -30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Me either.

  My record is Oxytropis nana - scarified and soaked 3/4, first seedling emerged 3/6.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Lots of info on seed germination times, etc. in these threads:http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=963.0http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=552.0

Rapid seed germination is a bonus for sure - on the other hand, something I've come to expect at some level.  At a quick glance, some notable ones for me - 2 days for Gastrolychnis apetala, 1 day for Campanula topaliana (interesting in that many/most Campanula seem to require stratification), 3 days for Oxytropis viscida after scarification.  Acantholimon seem to have amazingly rapid germination as well.

Lori Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3 -30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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