Wild Seed Magazine, Volume 6, 2020
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The sixth volume of Wild Seed, our 64-page annual publication, provides a mix of articles focused on fostering resilience—illustrated with beautiful photographs and drawings. The magazine is free of advertisements and full of engaging stories and practical guidance to help you better appreciate the importance of native plants—at every scale from backyard on up.
Here’s a small sampling of what’s in this issue:
- Entomologist and author Doug Tallamy on confronting insect outbreaks
- Prof. Ivan Fernandez on how climate change may reshape regional plant communities
- Uli Lorimer of Native Plant Trust on ecological garden design
- Conservation biologist Steven Handel on what seeds need
- Horticulturalist Andy Brand on tenacious plant choices for gardens
- Sandy Vorce of MassAudubon on using goats to control invasive plants
- Nursery owner Tracy Weber on growing and selling native plants
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.