- Oct 22, 2020
- Cold, Cool, Mountains, or Artic
actually the seeds in nature are subjected to below freezing temperature. it is this process in many seeds that trigger the seeds to actively germinate so that as the ground warms they can set root and become established before the next cold cycle. it id referred to as cold stratification. there are numerouse seeds that require cold to trigger a few others are apples - cherry - artichokes - sand a huge list of various flowers.I was always told to keep them in the fridge, not freezer. Is it actually safe to freeze the seeds?
i have grown nurse purchased plants in ebb and flow aka flood/drain with the plants in the expanded clay and had a huge harvest, going two routes this time tower planter with a pump to send the nutrient to the top and drain back to bucket and back into a bucket, and some in NFT system, just remember in hydroponics to shoot for a 5.8 to 6.2 ph on the solution for the strawberries, i shoot for as close to straight blend of 20 - 20 - 20 and top out with an extra shoot of Potassium as they set fruit as i can. Which means a total change from the mix i use on tomatoes peppers and herbs and leafy greens.Hi mate, you tried strawberries in hydro? I havent done strawberries before in hydro, just tomatoes and lettuce.
Hopefully your strawberreis go well, i haven't had a lot of luck with them persisting in my garden here but was thinking about trying some seed in the hope of more resilient plants.Here is thumb nail of the sheet that came with one of the seeds that arrives today. variety is new just called " Red climbing " 250 seeds were $6.99 USD$ also included the photo from the sales page. other berry coming is is an ever bearing variety 2000 count for seeds.
Mine here don't even last a year, i think the direct sun is a bit too harsh on them in summer with the air being so dry. Once the fruit trees are a bit bigger they might do better in the shade. Much like loquats they seem to be just a little bit overwhelmed, i've been trying seed grown loquates direct in the soil and they seem to be doing much better, as seems to be the case with almost everything grown from seed. Plus you can plant hundreds of seeds and you only need a few to be strong enough which gives a lot more chances of finding something suitable.Remember most strawberry plants last only 5 years then start to slow production and some will even die off. that is why they are so prolific to send out runners. Some of the hybrids will last slightly longer. One major key on the plants grown from seed, many seeds even off hybrids plants may revert to one of the parent stock type berry so could be considerably smaller in berry size.