Seed is from variety Torreyana, collected below Sea Level!
Our seeds are sold, as pictured, enclosed in their protective endocarp.
In Stock: 2.161 lb (Total:2.161lb)
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Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 3/4" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed
Other: if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required
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