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Title: Strategies for Seed Propagation of Native Forbs

Author: Meyer, Susan E.;

Date: 2006

Source: In: Riley, L.E.; Dumroese, R.K.; Landis, T.D., tech. coords. 2006. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations - 2005. Proc. RMRS-P-43. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 3-9

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Description: Native forbs are an increasingly important component of container production for many public and private nurseries. Propagators are often called upon to grow species with unknown requirements. A systematic approach is required to obtain plants from seeds of these species, beginning with determining what is a propagule and evaluating seed quality. Next, seed dormancy status must be determined, and appropriate dormancy-breaking treatments applied. Finally, germinable or germinated seeds must be sown into a propagation system that maximizes chances of survival and growth. The propagation system may need to be tailored to the requirements of the species being grown. Most native forbs can be grown successfully in containers, but a few present seed dormancy or seedling growth problems that we have not yet learned to overcome.

Keywords: dormancy, dry after-ripening, germination, hard seed, seed quality, stratification, viability

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Meyer, Susan E. 2006. Strategies for Seed Propagation of Native Forbs. In: Riley, L.E.; Dumroese, R.K.; Landis, T.D., tech. coords. 2006. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations - 2005. Proc. RMRS-P-43. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 3-9

 


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