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6-8% @ < 4°C
6 (3-9) weeks cold (c. 4°C)
Generally effective, a significant proportion of live seeds should germinateApproximate date to initiate artificial pre-treatment (for 1 March sowing) 18 January
Orthodox – seeds that can be dried without harm, and once dried can be frozen, stored for years with little deterioration and relatively easily revived.
Figures in brackets indicate that different seedlots often require different pretreatment durations. There are three potential courses of action:
Raising Trees and Shrubs from Seed (PDF-648K)
Forestry Commission Practice Guide 18.
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