, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 362-366

An improved technique for the germination of strawberry seeds

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High levels of germination have been achieved by sowing strawberry seeds on the surface of a peatbased compost and then placing the boxes in a mist-propagation unit. With this technique time-consuming pre-chilling treatments can be avoided without loss of germination. The few cultivars that do not respond adequately to these conditions can be further stimulated by pre-soaking the seed in 5000 ppm CEPA (‘Ethrel’) for 24 hours.

Botanically the so-called ‘seeds’ of strawberries are achenes, but to avoid possible misunderstanding they are referred to as seeds throughout.