Some seeds need cold stratification to germinate. What I always do is to plant the seeds outside and let Mother Nature do the rest. I’ve never had any luck trying to cold-stratify in the refrigerator. I’m going to try the method shown below for the frig. The recipe is this:
1/4 cup dry sand
1/4 tsp hot water
Mix above together in a ziplock back.
Add in your seeds, mix and then close the bag, trying to get out as much air as possible.
Place in the frig for 6 weeks.
Take them out and plant.
Feb. 7th – put four types of milkweed in the frig. I’m also going to plant the same four types of milkweed seeds outside in the soil and see what difference there is.
April 1st – took the seeds out of the frig and planted them in the basement – covered and also using a heating pad.