Requirements for Seed Germination of Mexican Redbud, Evergreen Sumac, and Mealy Sage

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Seed scarification and stratification (moist-prechilling) requirements of Mexican redbud [Cercis canadensis var. mexicana (Rose) M. Hopk.] and evergreen sumac (Rhus virens Gray) and the effects of temperature on final percent germination, maximum germination rate, and inflection time (time to maximum germination rate) for the above species plus seeds of mealy sage (Salvia farinacea Benth.) were investigated. Maximum predicted germination from a quadratic response surface was 95% after 62 minutes of concentrated sulfuric acid scarification plus 35 days of stratification for Mexican redbud, and 59% after 52 minutes of scarification plus 73 days of stratification for evergreen sumac. Mexican redbud germinated at 24 to 31C. Predicted optima for final percent germination, maximum germination rate, and inflection time were 100% at 28C, 30% germination per day at 31C, and 4 days at 29C, respectively. Evergreen sumac germinated at 21 to 31C. Final percent germination for this species declined with increasing temperature from a predicted maximum of 52% at 21C, whereas maximum germination rate increased with temperature to a predicted maximum of 69% germination per day at 31C. Inflection time was high at both extremes with a predicted minimum of 10 days at 25C. Mealy sage germinated at 21 to 34C. Predicted optima for final percent germination, maximum germination rate, and inflection time were 96% at 25C, 104% germination per day at 27C, and 3 days at 28C, respectively.

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