Re: How to incorporate native seed in understory
This is based on my experience trying to restore a deteriorated woodland understory caused by excessive deer-browsing & invasion by garlic mustard & stilt grass: I’ve “wintersown” seeds of white wood aster, snakeroot, jumpseed, and other natives collected in the fall from a nearby park (technique at wintersown.org). In the spring, after the seedlings have their true leaves, I’ve transplanted little clumps into pots to grow on in a shady location. By August, they’re a good size to put into their permanent locations and have come back wonderfully strong in the spring. This method allows the seeds to germinate as they would in the wild, but with less competition, and also avoids disturbing the soil too much which in my case would let the invasives take over. Would never have been able to afford the number of plants needed to cover the area. Now transplanting the second winter’s crop and collecting seed for the third.