Niche Seed Starting

I am soon going to be receiving seed for quince, yellow horn, seaberry/sea buckthorn, schisandra, and Lonicera caerulea and would love any advice for growing any of these plants out by seed.

Also getting goumi cuttings and rooting advice would be great.

Thanks all!

Im no expert…but plants that do well in the cold usually need stratified. And plants that the seeds usually get eaten by animals usually need scarified.

I usually do both. Cold stratify in the fridge and scarify with H2O2.

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All of those grow in the cold so all will want to be put in a cold place before they are planted. Also with perennial seeds don’t be surprised if it takes a few extra years to produce fruit than a nursery bought plant. Of course they may not be true from seed cultivars too.

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I am growing quince right now from seed. I got them from store-bought quince and stored them in the fridge for two months in a wet paper towel in a freezer bag. When they started germinating I put them in peat and keep them moist.

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Thank you all for your advice! Definitely not expecting a harvest for years for the majority of these. @jeremybyington wish I could find quince at the store!

Can’t find quince at the store where I am too. I can find pluots, pluerry and donut peaches at my local King Soopers though. I think I have seen figs and lychee at Costco.

@elivings1 Lychee is cold Hardy???

I just meant my Costco sells it and lychee is something more uncommon like a quince. One of the things I have learned over the years is you can grow many tropicals in colder areas but you can’t grow many colder plants in warmer areas. Many plants have dwarf versions of themselves that you can grow in a pot. Simply bring it in during the winter assuming it does not require chill hours.We had someone post about growing a pineapple somewhere like in Ohio one time on this forum. There is a sapodilla cultivar named Silas Woods that grows overbearing in a pot. Even if you are growing something a few zones warmer that requires chill hours you can overwinter them in a garage assuming they go dormant. I overwintered morus nigra in my garage which some state are not more hard than zone 8. You just may not get as much fruit as a in ground plant and things may take longer time ripen. Many tropical plants naturally ripen in the winter time. As Ross Raddi said in one of his videos about growing trees in pots “It may not be ideal but it can be done”. It is a question of is it worth it. The amount of fruit you get will be very little so you almost need a variety that sells for a lot and is not common to the stores to do it. Also it takes research to figure out what to plant. In the Silas Woods Sapodilla case you can get that variety or you could end up getting a variety that would naturally grow 30 feet and that would not do well in a pot at all.

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