The Katahdin Alpine Plant Community Explorer

$ 12.00

Wild Seed Project's NEW easy-to-carry, moisture- and tear-resistant guide to take along on your next hike. Learn to identify which plant community you're in as you progress through Katahdin's alpine elevation.

What are natural communities?
A natural community is made up of all of the interacting living species (plants and animals) that live in, and are supported by, a particular landscape setting. The natural community also contains the physical setting itself. The Alpine Cliff community, for example, contains the distinctive plants that grow, and animals that live, in that environment. It also contains the geology, soil characteristics, and the physical arrangement of the cliff. Just as the species are integrated into natural communities the communities are aggregated into ecosystems at a larger scale. On Katahdin, all but the Subalpine Forest community are part of the Open Upland ecosystem.

8-panel fold to 29 3/4 x 11 inches, full color, two sided.

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.

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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.