Cold Stratify Seeds: Gather Materials
Cold stratification is an extremely easy process and once you’ve done it once, you’ll no doubt get the hang of it. The first step is to gather the materials needed, all of which can be found in your home, tool shed, or with a quick trip to the hardware store.
Materials for Cold Stratification:
- An all-purpose sand mixture and/or Peat Moss
- Paper Towels
- Plastic Ziploc bags
- A Sharpie for labeling
- Mixing containers or bowls
- Refrigerator or cold room
COLD STRATIFY SEEDS: PLANTING
The time you need to keep your seeds in the refrigerator depends on the variety. Most varieties should take about 4-5 weeks. Once there’s no more chance of frost in your area, take your seeds out of the fridge and spread seed on bare soil as normal. The simple, quick process of cold stratification helps the seed germinate quicker and grow more readily in your garden bed.