Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)




Propagation Method

Seed collection: Flowering dogwood fruits are fleshy drupes containing a single seed. They can be collected in fall after the outer covering is red and begins to soften and before the birds take the fruit.

The fruit covering can be rubbed off and remaining fruit washed from the seed. Large amounts of seed can be separated from the fruit using a modified blender method. They can be stored dry for long periods in air tight containers in the refrigerator.

Seed dormancy: Flowering dogwood has physiological dormancy.

Seed germination: Stratify seeds using moist chilling for 120 days to satisfy physiological dormancy. Following stratification, sow seeds in a nursery container to produce a seedling or sow them in a plastic container in the classroom to observe germination.

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