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Germination Percentage and Germination Speed of European Larch (Larix decidua Mill.) Seed After Prolonged Storage

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Thirty European larch seedlots stored in plastic, screw-capped containers at 4°C for 3 to 24 yr were tested for their viability. The average germination percentage was 26.7% per seedlot. Fifty percent of all germinating seeds germinated by the 20th day after sowing and 90% had germinated by the 26th day. Correlation analysis indicated there was a significant negative association between years in storage and germination percentage and a significant positive association between years of storage and the number of days required to reach 15% germination. Although one seedlot germinated no seeds after 10 yr in storage, 21 of 30 seedlots, ranging from 3 to 24 yr in storage, maintained a minimum germination percentage of 20%.

Keywords: European larch; germination; seed; storage; viability

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, N.C.R.O.C., 1861 Hwy. 169 East, Grand Rapids, MN, 55744,

Publication date: December 1, 2002

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