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kousa from seed?

 
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I finally got my hands on some kousa fruits!!! I know some here have planted seeds, but what were the results? What are some "best practices" to ensure that some germinate?
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basic cold-stratification. i usually do them in a protected pot outside over the winter and have very high germination rates. fridge would probably work fine too.
 
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greg mosser wrote:i usually do them in a protected pot outside over the winter



So would this be a pot of soil buried in heavy mulch?
 
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i usually wire a piece of plastic with some slits in it to let in some moisture, but keeps inquisitive rodents out, over the top of the pot for protection. i wouldn't mulch it heavily because you don't want it too protected from temperature swings - you want it to freeze and thaw a few times before spring. i suppose just planting the seeds directly in the ground could work too, but i find it easier to transplant from the pot. some other seeds need more protection from mice than this, but kousa seeds don't seem to smell too enticing.
 
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Greg, do you clean the seeds any, or just use the dried fruits? Also should I expect a great deal of variation in fruit quality in one plant to another?
 
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i clean the seeds. usually with my mouth. i don't think i would let the fruits dry out. there is a fair amount of variation between cultivars - hard to know what to expect from offspring.
 
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