Wild Seed Magazine
This issue of Wild Seed is devoted to observing change in our native flora: in dynamic habitats, in a tenuous climate, through an evolving human perspective.
Wild Seed 2016/17 consists of 84 pages of commentary, artwork, photographs, and graphics which include:
- University of Delaware entomologist and wildlife ecologist Doug Tallamy along with Sarah O’Malley, a Maine Maritime Academy biologist, Doug Hitchcox of Maine Audubon, and contributing writers, profiling native plants found in early successional habitat
- Essays on the impact of Green Roofs in cities.
- Mitch Lansky on managing Maine’s forests for biodiversity. Jeff Wells, an ornithologist with Boreal Songbird Initiative, on migration and habitat for boreal breeding warblers
- Jesse Bellemare, Smith College Department of Biology, on assisted colonization, native plants and climate change
- Highlights from several floral and faunal history collections found in the state introduced by Maine State Museum’s Paula Work.
- Katahdin’s botanical explorations and the latest plant survey in Baxter State Park - featuring a new infographic on Katahdin’s alpine flora
- Andrew Barton, Professor of Biology at UMaine Farmington, on the ecology of Great Wass Island
- New England Wild Flower Society’s Ted Elliman on the Kennebunk Plains.
Each seed package carries a specific germination code along with the plant description. These codes indicate specific sowing instructions.
- A Seeds can be sown outdoors in fall or early spring.
- B Seeds need a winter or cold period to germinate. Sow outdoors in fall or winter.
- C Seeds need light to germinate; sow on soil surface and leave uncovered.
- D Seeds need alternating cycles of warm-to-cold-to-warm to germinate. They can be sown either outdoors in spring or summer and will germinate the following year or in a flat in a warm place for 3 months, then moved to a refrigerator for 2 months, then moved outside in the early summer warmth.
- E Seeds can not be allowed to dry out. Sow immediately.
- F Seeds take two years to germinate. Sow outside in the fall or winter and look for germination in the second spring. A shady location prevents the flats from rapid drying and reduces weeding
- G Large seeds should be soaked overnight in water.
- FERN: Sow spores in a warm bright location in a sealed container and keep moist. Directions enclosed with package. Challenging.
If you have specific questions about seeds and germination guidelines please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All seeds can be sown and placed outdoors in fall or winter bypassing the need for an artificial indoor cold stratification (refrigerator) required for some species when planted in spring. This is the simplest method. See How to Grow Natives From Seed for detailed instructions.