Starting perennial bulbs from seed

Discussion in 'Plant Propagation' started by Just me, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. Just me

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    victoria, bc, canada
    I'm a newbie who'd like to try planting perennial bulbs from seed.

    I have a patch of soil which is silt/clay and only workable to a depth of about one foot before reaching hard-pan clay.
    In the fall, the grass/weed-filled soil was turned over, and covered with about 3 inches of oak leaves for mulch/weed suppression.

    My question is: what's my best approach in planting the seeds? - I'd like to plant them directly in the site, and not in flats.

    1. What top-dressing do I need to get my seeds established?
    2. What (if any) amendments do I need to improve the existing soil?
    3. Should the oak leaves be tilled into the soil, or used as mulch?
    4. When and how should I prepare the site - it's rainy season, and the soil is likely to get muddy and compacted if I start mucking around with it too much.
    5. Lastly - when should I plant the seeds? They need moist stratification, which they could get if I planted them in the next few weeks. If they can't get planted soon, I suspect that I'll have to try artificial stratification. I have no experience with this, and wonder about proper techniques for avoiding mold.

    Thanks very much

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