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Factors influencing the germination of myrtle (Lagerstroemia speciosa (L.) Pers. and L. floribunda Jack) seeds

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Gibberellic acid and potassium nitrate did not promote the germination of myrtle seeds when tested at 20/30°C (16/8h). Germination was promoted considerably by alternating temperatures. The results of an investigation on a two-dimensional temperature gradient plate showed that myrtle seeds germinated most rapidly (within 14 days) and fully (all viable seeds) at 35/22.5°C (16/8 h) and similar regimes. Tests on five seed lots of Lagerstroemia speciosa and L. floribunda showed the efficacy of the alternating temperature regime of 35/20°C (16/8 h) in promoting germination. Thus we recommend myrtle seeds be tested for germination in this regime for 28 days.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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