Sandalwood Germination

Gill 'Ewa Lands provided seeds of Santalum ellipticum, a native sandalwood species which grows in Pālehua, to Lyon Arboretum to use testing methods to improve germination. Sandalwood seeds are known to have morphophysiological dormancy, causing delayed and uneven germination and presenting challenges for propagation. Lyon Arboretum investigated the use of gibberellic acid (GA3) on S. ellipticum seeds with promising results.

Read the presentation here: “Overcoming dormancy of native Hawaiian sandalwood seeds

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