bcastle, first off let me say congradulations i notice that you finally have your karma rating up to zero..
im gonna give ya a thumbs up for being a good sport.
i think that i found a link that will give everyone a good insight as to dormancy, stratification and seed banks, after reading it tell me if anyone thinks that the current stratification methods are missing an element? pay attention to the paragraph(s) referring to hard seed. Its only 2 pages but it is absolutly full of information.
Well, thanks I guess. I didn't know my rating was ever below zero, and when I first noticed it, it was as it is now...1.
Interesting article, thank you. We can see ginseng seems to have several of those characteristics which follow what we have seen in the past few years. That being that seed once out of the stratification box, can withstand much drier conditions than we had previously believed.
5prong's observation made me remember a pound of seed that I didn't get in the ground before freezing weather. The whole bag (maybe one or two seeds were the exception) sprouted right there in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer. So there I am in EARLY FEBRUARY with a pound of ginseng seed with 1/4\" tails trying to plant them in still half frozen ground. This did not go well.
This is why I tell everyone to plant in the fall the odds are agaist you in the spring. But, this might be an interesting experiment for those of you who are exploring the properties of ginseng seed germination. Say if you were to keep 100 seeds in the fridge and keep them from completely drying out, and observe what happens and then compare those with the results from the planted seed.