After last year's success with germinating gathered seeds of Metasequoia, Blue Ice Arizona Cypress, Glauca Cunninghamia, and a lone surviving Taiwania and Cryotomeria, I set out with a new batch of seeds this year. These were mostly bought online but I've been pleasantly surprised by my luck (perhaps too much luck for some species, once you see how thick the seedlings germinated). Most aren't hardy at my northern summer home, and some are still only marginal at the winter home. But it's a fun mental break even if I have no where to put them all in the end. Most were soaked then stratified as needed using the paper towel and baggie method.
First Taiwania seedlings emerged from soil this week. Hoping for better luck than last year, when I had very low germ rates and even lower emergence and one-month survival.