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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 46

Germination Strategies for New Ornamental Species

Peter Jensen

pp: 449-452


Maximisation of germination is a major part of successful introduction for new species of plants which may prove of some horticultural importance or value. The difficulties associated with importation of live plant materials, (such as seeds and other propagating materials), and the obvious high costs involved leads to the logical conclusion that any strategies which may lead to increased germination rates of seeds particularly, are worthy of investigation. This short discussion will focus on the application of a relatively unusual and apparently not widely known method of enhancing the germination of recalcitrant species, namely "smoking".

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