Cold Moist Stratification (CMS)
Only needed for seeds that CMS is stated
For Spring Planting
Cold Moist Stratification is required for these seeds to germinate successfully.
Fill a small plastic container or bowl with 1 inch of cold tap water or spring water (If you live in the city your water will contain fluoride, chlorine and many other contaminants that will result in poor germination.) Stir the seeds up a bit to ensure they are all moistened by the water, otherwise they will float on top of others and not get the moisture they need to properly stratify.
Add the desired amount of seeds you want to germinate into the container and put a lid on it or a piece of plastic wrap to cover so you don't have spillage or evaporation.
It's a good idea to label the container with the type of seeds and the start date of the cold moist stratification process.
Put the container into your refrigerator for recommended number of days listed by the plant species.
After the recommended days of cold moist stratification is done, you can plant the seeds outside in the spring under a very light amount of soil or you can put them in pots with soil. Whichever you prefer.
In nature the seeds are just dropped on the ground and the rain slowly pushes them into the soil and the leaves cover them in the fall and compost down so they will do much better with a very light cover of soil.
Once temperatures reach over 70 degrees F outdoors the germination process will begin. For indoor growing the temperature should be kept around 70-75 degrees F for optimal growth. Keep soil moistened with a spray bottle or misting hose once a day and seeds will germinate in 10-20 days.
Starting From Seed
Chemical Free Native Nursery