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Do store-bought seeds need stratifying?

Beginner to gardening and this forum here. Particularly im talking about lavender and rosemary that will be grown and kept indoors on a windowsill. Thanks for any help!


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,203
    Not in my experience.  Stratifying is used to break dormancy in more difficult seeds.

    Beware if impatience - sowing too early will lead to you seedlings stretching for light and becoming weak - etiolated.   Better to wait till light levels are better in March, unless you have a light box.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 7,008
    It should say on the packet if they do.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,886
    I’ve never grown Rosemary from seed but do grow lavender as they get woody and can be a bit tatty after a couple years, I just sow as any other seeds mid March, never had a problem with germination. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Thanks for your help everyone :blush:
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289
    Rosemary is easy from seed, but I would never try and sow it at this time of year.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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