Germination Guide

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Chelone sp.

B

Sow @ 20°C. If seed does not germinate within 3 months, try 4°C for 1-2 months, then 20°C again.

*

This species needs special care as described.
seed viability < 1 year for most species which are cold germinators
Chelonopsis  yagiharana

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chenopodium nitidum

L

Give sown seeds several weeks @ 20°C to imbibe water (perhaps even germinate!), then expose to fluctuating outdoor winter temperatures including freezing for 3 months. Gradually increase light and temperature in spring. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO_KKbGYTEM

Chiastophyllum oppositifolium

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.

3

Requires light or the small seeds should be surface sown. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgkXUSI1GWo&index=1&list=UUJfYCNSWCIuOB2...
Chilopsis linearis

!

Sow immediately. The viability of these seeds is short or the species propagates best with fresh seed. Stored seed might be coaxed into germination with temperature cycling and patience.

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.

2

Requires darkness.
Chimaphila menziesii

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.

*

This species needs special care as described.
pour boiling water over milled sphagnum moss, sow seeds, enclose in plastic bag
Chimaphila umbellata

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.

*

This species needs special care as described.
pour boiling water over milled sphagnum moss, sow seeds, enclose in plastic bag
Chionanthus retusus

7

Requires soaking. Place in warm water until seeds swell, usually 24-48 hours. Discard floaters and the water used for soaking. See https://youtu.be/dhL57pqnHHQ

C

Sow @ 20°C for 3 months, then place @ 4°C for 3 months.
Chionanthus virginicus

C

Sow @ 20°C for 3 months, then place @ 4°C for 3 months.

7

Requires soaking. Place in warm water until seeds swell, usually 24-48 hours. Discard floaters and the water used for soaking. See https://youtu.be/dhL57pqnHHQ
Chionodoxa 'Lilacina'

*

This species needs special care as described.

L

Give sown seeds several weeks @ 20°C to imbibe water (perhaps even germinate!), then expose to fluctuating outdoor winter temperatures including freezing for 3 months. Gradually increase light and temperature in spring. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO_KKbGYTEM

best sown in fall; grow seedlings @ 4°C; leave in pot for 2 years before planting out
Chionodoxa forbesii

*

This species needs special care as described.

L

Give sown seeds several weeks @ 20°C to imbibe water (perhaps even germinate!), then expose to fluctuating outdoor winter temperatures including freezing for 3 months. Gradually increase light and temperature in spring. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO_KKbGYTEM

best sown in fall; grow seedlings @ 4°C; leave in pot for 2 years before planting out
Chionodoxa luciliae

*

This species needs special care as described.

L

Give sown seeds several weeks @ 20°C to imbibe water (perhaps even germinate!), then expose to fluctuating outdoor winter temperatures including freezing for 3 months. Gradually increase light and temperature in spring. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO_KKbGYTEM

best sown in fall; grow seedlings @ 4°C; leave in pot for 2 years before planting out
Chondrosum gracile

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chorispora bungeana

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.

*

This species needs special care as described.
very thick seed coat; hard to germinate; may benefit from leaching effect of rain
Chrysanthemum weyrichii

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chrysanthemum multicaule

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chrysanthemum 'Sunny Side Up'

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chrysanthemum alpinum

B

Sow @ 20°C. If seed does not germinate within 3 months, try 4°C for 1-2 months, then 20°C again.
Chrysanthemum coccineum

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chrysanthemum coccineum 'Robinson Mix'

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chrysanthemum coronarium

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.

N

Sow directly in garden.
Chrysanthemum leontopodium

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chrysanthemum macrophyllum

!

Sow immediately. The viability of these seeds is short or the species propagates best with fresh seed. Stored seed might be coaxed into germination with temperature cycling and patience.

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chrysanthemum minimum

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chrysanthemum multicaule 'Moonlight'

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chrysanthemum tianschanicum

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chrysanthemum x superbum

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chrysogonum virginianum ‘Norman Singer’
Chrysopsis falcata

J

Sow @4°C for 3 weeks, then place @20°C.
Chrysopsis mariana

G

Sow @ 4°C for 3 months, then place @ 20°C for 3 months.
Chrysopsis villosa

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Chrysosplenium macrostemon v. shiobarense

!

Sow immediately. The viability of these seeds is short or the species propagates best with fresh seed. Stored seed might be coaxed into germination with temperature cycling and patience.

*

This species needs special care as described.

H

Use repeated cycles of 4°C, then 20°C for 3 months each. Germination is very prolonged.
moist-packed seed, 5(3m)20(3 m)5(6m)20(3m)5(6m) germinated in cold.
Chrysothamnus nauseosus

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Cicerbita alpina

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Cimicifuga rubifolia

*

This species needs special care as described.

C

Sow @ 20°C for 3 months, then place @ 4°C for 3 months.
ensure seeds get full 3 months @ 4°C
Cimicifuga americana

*

This species needs special care as described.

E

Sow @ 20°C for 6 weeks, then place @ 4°C for 6 weeks, then slowly raise temperature to 10°C for 6 weeks. If there is no germination, repeat the cycle. This mimics fall sowing outdoors for spring germination.
ensure seeds get full 3 months @ 4°C
Cimicifuga dahurica

E

Sow @ 20°C for 6 weeks, then place @ 4°C for 6 weeks, then slowly raise temperature to 10°C for 6 weeks. If there is no germination, repeat the cycle. This mimics fall sowing outdoors for spring germination.
Cimicifuga europaea

!

Sow immediately. The viability of these seeds is short or the species propagates best with fresh seed. Stored seed might be coaxed into germination with temperature cycling and patience.

*

This species needs special care as described.

C

Sow @ 20°C for 3 months, then place @ 4°C for 3 months.
ensure seeds get full 3 months @ 4°C
Cimicifuga foetida

!

Sow immediately. The viability of these seeds is short or the species propagates best with fresh seed. Stored seed might be coaxed into germination with temperature cycling and patience.

*

This species needs special care as described.

C

Sow @ 20°C for 3 months, then place @ 4°C for 3 months.
ensure seeds get full 3 months @ 4°C
Cimicifuga japonica

*

This species needs special care as described.

C

Sow @ 20°C for 3 months, then place @ 4°C for 3 months.
ensure seeds get full 3 months @ 4°C
Cimicifuga racemosa

*

This species needs special care as described.

C

Sow @ 20°C for 3 months, then place @ 4°C for 3 months.
ensure seeds get full 3 months @ 4°C
Cimicifuga ramosa

*

This species needs special care as described.

B

Sow @ 20°C. If seed does not germinate within 3 months, try 4°C for 1-2 months, then 20°C again.
ensure seeds get full 3 months @ 4°C
Cimicifuga rubrifolia

C

Sow @ 20°C for 3 months, then place @ 4°C for 3 months.
Cimicifuga simplex

*

This species needs special care as described.

C

Sow @ 20°C for 3 months, then place @ 4°C for 3 months.
ensure seeds get full 3 months @ 4°C
Cimicifuga simplex 'Brunette'

C

Sow @ 20°C for 3 months, then place @ 4°C for 3 months.
Cimicifuga simplex 'Hillside Black Beauty'

*

This species needs special care as described.

C

Sow @ 20°C for 3 months, then place @ 4°C for 3 months.
ensure seeds get full 3 months @ 4°C
Cimicifuga simplex (Atropurpurea Group)

*

This species needs special care as described.

C

Sow @ 20°C for 3 months, then place @ 4°C for 3 months.
ensure seeds get full 3 months @ 4°C
Cimicifuga sp.

!

Sow immediately. The viability of these seeds is short or the species propagates best with fresh seed. Stored seed might be coaxed into germination with temperature cycling and patience.

J

Sow @4°C for 3 weeks, then place @20°C.

*

This species needs special care as described.
difficult to germinate,ensure seeds get full 3 months @ 4°C
Cirsium canum

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Cirsium scariosum

B

Sow @ 20°C. If seed does not germinate within 3 months, try 4°C for 1-2 months, then 20°C again.
Cirsium acaule

B

Sow @ 20°C. If seed does not germinate within 3 months, try 4°C for 1-2 months, then 20°C again.
Cirsium bertolonii

K

Sow @ 10°C. Most species for which we suggest this temperature will also germinate at 20°C, but prefer the cooler temperature for sturdy growth.
Cirsium diacantha

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Cirsium discolor

B

Sow @ 20°C. If seed does not germinate within 3 months, try 4°C for 1-2 months, then 20°C again.
Cirsium discolor

J

Sow @4°C for 3 weeks, then place @20°C.
Cirsium eriophorum

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Cirsium eristhaloides

L

Give sown seeds several weeks @ 20°C to imbibe water (perhaps even germinate!), then expose to fluctuating outdoor winter temperatures including freezing for 3 months. Gradually increase light and temperature in spring. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO_KKbGYTEM

Cirsium esculentum

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Cirsium hookerianum

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Cirsium japonicum

K

Sow @ 10°C. Most species for which we suggest this temperature will also germinate at 20°C, but prefer the cooler temperature for sturdy growth.