DIRECTIONS REQUIRING: "Cold Stratification?"
No problem, this simply means your seed (and plant it will become)
are like little Polar Bears, both adore and must have the cold months
to germinate, thrive and survive.
Therefore, to mock natures cold cycle; simply put your seeds in a closed baggy and place in the lettuce compartment of your fridge. Or, if you prefer, in the protection of a dark cold shed for 3-4 months. After the refrigeration time is up -
continue to germinate your seeds using the Easy-Peasy method.
Note: there are a few exceptions where you will be asked to soak your seeds first and then put in the fridge in a baggy of peat, soil or sand (with a few punctured air holes). The reason for this is because the seed will germinate near the end of the 3-4 month cycle inside the cold soil. Afterwards you simply plant as normal. A good example, is the Japanese Maple seed, which is soaked first in Hot water and then, added to a small amount of lightly moistened peat in a baggy before going in the fridge.
If your seeds are from CottageVines.com and require:
Cold Stratification A or B
A] Cold germinate = If leaving seeds in glassine bag, please put inside sealed plastic container to keep out moisture. Or remove from glassine and place seeds in a zip lock baggy and then off to your fridge. When the time is up, continue to the Easy-Peasy Germination video.
B] Cold germinate with soil = Hot water soak seeds, drain, and then, off to the fridge in a zip lock baggy of 'lightly' moistened seed starter or peat...and your seeds will germinate in the bag when they're ready!