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  1. #1

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    Tulip Tree

    I received a birthday present in a burlap bag consisting of tulip free seeds, seedling pot, stratification bag with germination medium, gorwing medium, aluminum tag and reference guide. Our paper gave a reference to your website especially for Arbor Day. I need your help. After reading and reviewing the directions, I am not sure what to do with this. We are in zone 5 and do have full sun on the south side of our home. I would prefer to plant the seeds outside and let them take off rather than try to start in the pot provided. I am new at gardening, but try not to let obstacles and ignorance stop me. Please let me know the best way to proceed. Thank you.

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    RE: Tulip Tree

    Any ideas? Any one?

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    Oak
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    RE: Tulip Tree

    You can sow the seeds directly in the outside soil, but they won't germinate until after they "stratify." Tuliptree seeds need to experience a period of cold before they break dormancy and can germinate. In the wild, that means they would overwinter before germinating in the spring. You can also stratify them in moist sand in the refrigerator for about 3 months to break dormancy... but at that point it would be too late in the year for them to prep for winter.

    So, planting them as seed would be a project for either this fall (if you want to stratify them naturally) or next spring (if you use the fridge).

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