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2567Re: [pfaf] Cranberries

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  • Geir Flatabø
    Jun 2, 2008
      No problems my experience,
      but remember
      they are living in wet, acit peaty bogs,
      so they have to be germinated in 101 % humidity,
      low temperature,
      acid peat !
      Cold stratifying has beene done.

      Geir Flatabø

      2008/6/2 wildwillowkins <wildwillowkins@...>:

      > This is one I have had rather less success with germinating than goji
      > or kiwi fruits.
      > I bought a pack of fresh cranberries last autumn, and realised that
      > they are actually pomes, like apples, rather than true berries.
      > I cleaned out seeds from some, split others and let yet more get over
      > ripe and rot into the compost in a seed tray.
      > Some of the cleaned out ones I put in the freezer in case they needed
      > frost to trigger their gemination capacity. (I found that with Sweet
      > Fern, Sweet Cicely, they will only germinate if they have experienced
      > a frost, fresh seed just won't do it.)
      > I have so far only one seed come up that might be a cranberry, there
      > were some annual weeds that had crept into the seed tray but I'm
      > pretty sure none of them were cranberries.
      > The one that has come up so far looks like a miniature apple seedling,
      > with elongated dicotyleda. It is about a centimeter tall so far. I
      > hope this is what I think it is and not some other wild seed that has
      > blown in, but it is thicker and stronger than the annual weeds which
      > were only on the surface, and is coming up a bit like the kiwis (but
      > different shape, so it's not an accidental cross seeding.)
      > If anyone has any experience of germinating cranberries I should be
      > most grateful to hear about them. I could look on the net, but after
      > some of the tosh I have read about germinating gojis I would rather
      > get it first hand from someone who has done it than from some remote
      > source that is probably trying to sell me their own plants!
      > I will post about my own seeds when there is more to say.
      > Regards,
      > Willowkins
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