Experience Using Controlling Seed Moisture Content During Stratification to Improve Germination on the Nursery
My business offers seeds and seed treatment services to the large number of tree nurseries in the Zundert area of The Netherlands and produces plug-grown nursery stock seedlings. We use a seed stratification technique based on controlling the moisture content in the seeds. The aim is to reduce premature germination while increasing the proportion of seeds which go on to break dormancy and germinate after sowing.
This paper explains how the technique is applied to Acer platanoides and Fagus sylvatica, with reference to the traditional stratification treatments for each species. The treatments and germination results shown are based on our own trials and experience.
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