[nafex] How best to germinate Cornus mas pits

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu Jul 26 16:43:58 EDT 2001

I got my best results from double-stratified seed.  I stratified it once,
planted it, none grew.  I held the flat over until the second spring in an
unheated greenhouse where it was stratified again.  The second spring it all
germinated.  It also seems to speed it up a bit if you take a sharp knife
and carefully split the seed - there is a suture line on it where you can
split the seed, and if you do this you get two plants, since the seed is
actually a double.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, more, plus word on my grape book at

>From: Lucky Pittman <Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu>
>To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [nafex] How best to germinate Cornus mas pits
>Date: Thu, Jul 26, 2001, 12:25 PM

>Lon & others with experience in this arena:
>I've tried unsuccessfully for the past 3 years or so to germinate Cornus 
>mas(Corneliancherry dogwood) pits, collected from a group of trees planted 
>along the Riverwalk here in town.   Have had one seedling come up - a 
>volunteer, which appeared in the blueberry patch - must have dropped out of 
>my pocket, or perhaps one of the kids spit it out there.
>Only thing I can think of that I haven't tried yet is planting immediately 
>after after collection.
>Fruits are beginning to ripen now, and I'd sure like to get a few seedlings 
>Any tips on on how best to handle the seeds to get some reasonable 
>germination rate would be greatly appreciated.
>Lucky Pittman
>USDA Zone 6
>Hopkinsville, KY
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