Proper winter storage of Spartina alterniflora seeds will "trick" them into thinking they are outside in the marsh for the winter, and ensures that later, seeds are ready to be planted and grow. 

In September, collected seeds and stalks should be placed in a bag for storage.  This should then be stored in a cool, dry place like a basement for about 2 months. 

After 2 months of dry storage, seeds should be separated from their stalks. Rub the stalks over a screen to separate seeds from the stalks and chaff.  Place the seeds in a jar, and discard the stalks.  Add a 40 ppt saline solution to cover the seeds, and place the mixture in a refridgerator until planting time. Aquarium salt (Instant Ocean) works well for making the salty solution. 

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