More updates on germination requirements
It seems that Medeola virginiana seeds don’t follow the traditional double morphophysiological dormancy (MPD). Unlike most species with this type of dormancy, which require a cold-warm-cold cycle to germinate and produce roots in the warm period (2 years seeds), M. virginiana seeds do not form a root during this time; instead, root and cotyledon emerge at the same time in the second spring after sowing.
Speculations are that this sort of germination pattern may represent a transition towards a type of more complex MPD.
Or is it sorcery involved ? ;-)
OK, the practical meaning of all this: be patient and don’t scratch the pots looking for tiny roots in the first year.
For me: I could keep the seeds in moist storage until the second spring, if I would have that many…
Note: again, we are talking here about sown fresh/moist kept seeds.