Nice looking plants. When you reseed your berries are you placing them directly in the ground or do you have a way of stratifying them first? I would like to learn the process of stratifying my own seeds but I've been buying stratified seeds for the past 4years but would like to be able to use my own.
So far I have not tried stratifying any... but I may give that a try at some point. In Scotts book he gives good details on how to do that.
Right now I get 400+ berries off my seed producing bed but they are not all ready at once... they come in a little at a time over a period of 5-6 weeks.
I may get a dozen or so the first few times I check them... and then later on may get 30-40 in one picking..and then they taper off towards the end. When they start getting red, I try to pick them every 3-4 days (to keep some critter from getting them).
Same is true of my wild sim patches... over a period of several weeks I will get a few hundred berries (last year), but not a BIG bunch all at once. This year it looks like I may get more off my wild sim since more are maturing and making 3 prongers and producing berries.
So right not I am happy with just planting those red berries.
Once you get to the point that you have several wild simulated plants in the 6-7 year old range If they are doing well you should be getting quite a few berries off them to plant.
I doubt I will be buying any more stratified seed. I did not buy any last year.
I do know that my red berries plantings are having a pretty high germination rate.
Heck, even the berries that I fail to pick off my seed bed plants (and they just drop on their own) those are sprouting up all under my seed bed plants.
They just fell off and managed to make it (Lots of them), so I am sure the ones i am poking in the ground and covering with a little dirt and leaves are doing fine.
If I ever get to the point where I am collecting like 500 to 1000 in a week, I might try stratifying a batch.