[NAFEX] Persimmon Seed Dormancy Anomaly
lonrom at hevanet.com
Sun Nov 14 12:04:00 EST 2004
The only value I can see in such seedlings is that they *might* produce
trees that need less chilling than normal. Useful in the south, but
not much value anywhere else.
Otherwise, that premature sprouting shows up in other plants. I've
seen apple and grape seeds that did that, too. Most seeds contain
substances that inhibit dormancy until the substances are broken down
by cold. Such instant sprouting seeds probably either somehow didn't
get the substance, or have embryos that are "resistant" to the
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On Nov 14, 2004, at 8:33 AM, K Q wrote:
I have noticed that about 1% of the fresh persimmon seeds I have are
sprouting with no stratification. I thought they would need at least 90
Anyone know if this is normal?
Would there be any disadvantage or even advantage to isolating these
individuals for any purpose?
Would these particular seedlings be good for grafting later on?
Perhaps if they were bred together a line of persimmons could be bred
whose seeds would need no stratification at all?
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