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Stratification help !

Hello there,

first of all i will apologize in advance for my bad english it not my first language.

i am new in gardening ,actually not in gardening but in growing things from seeds as i already grown so many other plants from buying them from nursery 

now i have bought few rose seeds,boston ivy,giant pomegranate,bonsai etc

and now i dont know how to do stratification properly and YES i have check the internet but i dont find anything useful                     

still i am confused about :

is growing in autumn is alternative to stratification ?

what should i put in those bag with seeds when i put them in fridge (peat moss,sand, etc ) ?

and from where can i find information about which seeds need how much time in stratification

and somewhere i read that if i will grow seeds in their own season then i can directly sow them in earth and it will work


Information about my location :

i am from pakistan 

its summers here and in these days temp goes very high



Help me Thanks in advance



  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,272

    You can't beat the RHS for advice

    I've never had any luck with stratification but sowing fresh seeds in Autumn seems to work fairly well. Let nature do the hard work.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,148

    I think the variation intemperature outside in winter is better than the constant just above freezing in the fridge. This is based on my experience nothing scientific. That way you don't need to decide how long to leave them either. I usually bring mine into the cold GH towards the end of winter so I can keep an eye on them. I like them in there once they've germinated so they don't get eaten or weather damaged so it's best to have them in there before they germinate

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Katherine WKatherine W Posts: 410

    Hello Liamneeson, and welcome. Don't be troubled by your English, you are doing great! image

    I'd do as Nutcutlet says... keep the seeds in a pot or other container, with sterilized  soil (you can buy it, or just bake good garden soil in the overn for a while at about 80 *C), keep the pot in a politene bag to kep it moist and exclude weeds, and keep the whole thing outside in winter, if you have cold winters that is.

    Rose seeds can take as long as 2 ys to germinate... by the time they do, you will have lost them, if you put thm in the ground of the garden.

    If the winters are not cold enough in your area, or the pot-outside tactic is not practical for whatever reason, pop the seeds in a politene bag with wet kitchen paper (use tap water, as is less likely to carry mould and fungus spores), seal the bag and keep it in the fridge for sevral months. image

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