Seed germination temperature

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 04:41:20 PDT
> Can anyone comment on the need for lowered temperatures at germination
> for Cape bulbs? 

In my experience, the majority of Cape bulbs that I sow (about 100-200 pots
per year) will begin to germinate when the daytime highs are about 75F and
the night time lows are about 50F.  Generally, I get three or four flushes
of germination over a five to eight week period beginning in early to mid
October here in northeast North Carolina.  When I lived in northwest
Connecticut, the time frame was two to three weeks earlier.

Mark Mazer
Hertford, North Carolina USA
USDA zone 8

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