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Germination of


Red Azalea "Autumn Fire" - Rhododendron, Autumn Fire Azalea


Rhododendron seeds require a cool and moist environment for germination. The best time to sow the seeds is in the fall or winter, so they can undergo a period of cold stratification. First, the seeds should be soaked for 24 hours in warm water. Then, they can be mixed with a moist, sterile medium like peat moss and placed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 6 to 12 weeks. After the cold period, the seeds can be sown in a well-draining soil mix and covered lightly with soil. It's important to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. The ideal temperature for germination is around 65�F (18�C).

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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