Germination of Seed During Winter

I have been quite surprised at the number of species which will germinate in the winter. I thought I had actually lost the seeds as they were put in so late. It is amazing that chilling actually will stimulate germination. At the moment I have a packet of Callitris canescens (preissii subspecies canescens, I think) in the freezer. They will be sown later this week. It is the first time I have tried this technique for germinating seed so it will be interesting to see what happens.

The Hardenbergia violacea, a lovely royal purple form that is quite bushy rather than a scrambler or climber, are ready bto pot on this week. Some of the other pea flowers are nearly ready also. Unfortunately I lost the Sturt Desert Peas and will need to try again, perhaps at the end of August.


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