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    Sowing Redbud Seeds

    http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Horticulture/k...mes/redbud.htm

    Please tell me that there is a faster way than scarifying and then stratifying for 60 days. Does time in the fridge count for anything ?

    How does everyone else here do it ?
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    What the article is telling you is that time in the fridge does count, but it helps to nick them first.

    Nicking them allows for easier water penetration, and the cold period is required to break dormancy.

    This is exactly how I plan to do mine, so we can compare notes!
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    Glad the fridge time helps. How do you nick them ?
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    With a needle or a file...
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    or a sharp knife or razor blade...
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    Thanks! That'll be my mission tomorrow !
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    Cathy, Last year I scarified by rubbing the seeds between 2 pieces of sandpaper. Then winter sowed. This year I forgot to scarify and have the seeds in moist soil in the fridge. I'll plant them in a couple of weeks. We'll see how they do. Well I hope since these are the white ones. They self seed so well where I work that I expect good germination even without the scarification. I'll let you know.
    tennessee sue

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    LOL! Ladies ! The seeds are so little ! I finally got the hang of placing a seed on my thumb and rubbing an emery board over it. Then, flipping it over and doing the same. Sometimes it would go flying !
    Not sure how scarified it needs to be; it didn't -look- any different.
    Anyway, potted up about 12-15 of them. Well see--how long should it take ? Do I keep them moist ?
    I'm excited...little trees are inside those little seeds !
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    Cathy, I'm not sure how long it willtake but yes do keep them moist. Let us know how they do. I will take a picture of the Momma whitebud when it blooms.
    tennessee sue

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    Thank you my friends!

    Cathy,
    I received the whitebud seeds. Thank you so much!
    I stuck them in the fridge and will try getting them sowed.
    Sue,
    Thank you too!
    Happy Growing,
    Vicki in West. Mich.

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