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    Seeds of many native species are challenging to germinate. One important thing a grower can do is learn as much as possible about the life history, ecology, and habitat of the species they wish to grow.What processes do seeds of this species go through in nature? Any observations will be valuable when trying to germinate and grow species that have little or no published information available. How seeds are handled, treated, and sown will affect the quality of the seedling produced. Several sowing options are best suited to seeds with certain characteristics. In this chapter, we discuss seed dormancy treatments that can be used to stimulate germination, and different types of sowing options.

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    Luna, Tara; Wilkinson, Kim; Dumroese, R. Kasten. 2009. Seed germination and sowing options [Chapter 8]. In: Dumroese, R. Kasten; Luna, Tara; Landis, Thomas D., editors. Nursery manual for native plants: A guide for tribal nurseries - Volume 1: Nursery management. Agriculture Handbook 730. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. p. 133-151.


    nursery, native plants, Virtual Center for Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Resources (RNGR), Tribal Nursery Council

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