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Indoor winter sowing :\

Hmmm. Last week i sowed Cimicifuga dahurica. Like Sharon, i've left it inside - it says it needs 6 weeks of warm and then 8 weeks of cold. Happened to look at it last night, and the container is full of sprouts. How is this possible?? I think the answer might be that the seed-starting mix i'm using has weed seeds in it, but i can't confirm that because i can't find seedling images for Cimicifuga. What a pain! I got 0 germination last year and this seed is from last year, so i doubt if it improved over time.

This is what i got from one site about Cimicifuga, which leads me to believe that i do have weed sprouts:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[1]. Only just cover the seed. It germinates in 1 - 12 months or even longer at 15°c[164]. The seed does not store well and soon loses its viability[200], stored seed may germinate better if given 6 - 8 weeks warm stratification at 15°c and then 8 weeks cold stratification[164]. Prick out the young seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer[K].

Sharon, was your seed from this year?

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