The seeds were removed from the paper towel and placed back into the zip-lock bag and put back in the refrigerator for another 6-8 weeks. Upon removal from the bag, much to my excitement, I found that one of the seeds had germinated! I knew then that at least some of the seeds were viable. This was great news.
Additionally, I noticed that the seeds were covered in a yellowish green material, something that I had never seen on rose seeds. I suppose that it was a fungus.
Next, I divided the seeds into two groups: one group (43 seeds) was planted into the seedling benches along with the rose seeds; and the other group (30 seeds) was planted into a sandy soil mix taken from the native soil in my back yard (5 seeds per pot).
The story will continue…..