Cold Moist Stratification
For Spring Planting
Cold Moist Stratification is required for these seeds to germinate successfully.
Fill a small plastic container or mason jar with 2 inches of cold well water or distilled water (If you live in the city your water will contain fluoride, chlorine and many other contaminants that will result in poor germination.) Stir the seeds up a bit to ensure they are all moistened by the water, otherwise they will float on top of others and not get the moisture they need to properly stratify.
Add the desired amount of seeds you want to germinate into the container and put a lid on it or a piece of plastic wrap to cover so you don't have spillage or evaporation.
It's a good idea to label the container with the type of seeds and the start date of the cold moist stratification process.
Put the container into your refrigerator for recommended number of days listed by the plant species.
After the recommended days of cold moist stratification is done, you can plant the seeds outside in the spring under a very light amount of soil or you can put them in pots with soil. Whichever you prefer.
In nature the seeds are just dropped on the ground and the rain slowly pushes them into the soil and the leaves cover them in the fall and compost down so they will do much better with a very light cover of soil.
Once temperatures reach over 75 degrees F outdoors the germination process will begin. For indoor growing the temperature should be kept around 75-80 degrees F for optimal growth. Keep soil moistened with a spray bottle or misting hose once a day and seeds will germinate in 10-20 days.
Disclaimer: Our seed packets come with the best growing information already provided on the packet.
While we encourage experimentation among amateur growers, we have taken the guess work out of the growing for you. We have grown millions of seeds with many methods and we have chosen the method that works best out of each seed species.
If you decide to disregard our growing information and do your own experiment, that is fine, however, we are no longer liable for the outcome of your experiment and you own the seeds whether your experiment was successful or not. That is what we call accountability. You were given the choice. You took a different path. You own the outcome.
We understand there are many methods to growing seeds, however, no two seed companies have the same collection methods or the same region and weather variation, therefore the outcomes of what is needed for the seeds will be completely different.
Bottom line: We're the experts and we'd like you to be successful and gain confidence in growing from seed to help us help out nature. There is no point for us to create superior seed stock and then set you up to fail at growing them. Our goal is for you to have success growing so we can have an abundance of native plants added in the wild each year.
Thank you for helping us help the planet. We wish you great success in your growing season.