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|Common name||Stone Pine|
|Germination||Fill pots with moist, soil-less starter mix. You can make your own mix by combining equal parts fine peat moss, sand and vermiculite.
Put scarified and stratified seeds in the filled pots and cover them with 1/4 to 1/2 inch (6 to 12mm) of starter mix.
Place the pots in a tray in a sunny window and keep the soil moist. Spray the surface daily to keep new shoots moist.
Grow your seedlings in their pots until they begin growing branches, perhaps for a year or more. Water weekly and keep them in a sunny place.
|Scarification / Stratification||Soak Italian stone pine seeds for 24 hours to scarify, or soften, the covering on the seed.
Place the seeds in a zippered plastic bag full of damp -- not wet -- sphagnum moss and place in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator for 60 to 90 days to stratify.
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