In all my research I haven't been able to find any decent info on how to save seeds from the waxy fruits of Northern Bayberry or Bog Myrtle, both of which will make excellent useful perennials in a permaculture system in the Northeast. Anybody here have any experience with saving seeds from plants in this genus?
I bought some bayberry seed last fall, and have had them stratifying in my fridge all winter. Just today I was checking through the seeds there and researching what conditions they need to germinate.
When you gather the seed you have to remove the wax from the seed or else they won't germinate. Moist stratify the seed just above freezing for a couple of months then bring them out and plant at room temperature. I didn't find out how to remove the wax but I imagine hot water or alcohol would do the trick
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I think it may grow from cuttings. I found a lot by the side of the road that had rooted itself after being slashed and dropped to the ground. I've grabbed a few pieces and have them potted up. I'll keep you posted on whether it is successful or not.