Posted: 03/07/2015 at 19:22
Most seeds of hardy trees require stratification - i.e. being subject to a period of cold to break their dormancy. Stratification usually takes place in Autumn and can often be quite erratic - some seeds requiring two winters/cold periods to germinate. If you wish to try your fridge then all that is necessary is to place the seeds in some damp peat or compost inside a sealed plastic bag. just keep checking periodically for any signs of growth.Personally I would just wait until autumn and place the seeds in pots in a cold frame and let nature do the stratification. The RHS have excellent tips to help with this topic. I'm never sure if copying and pasting a link is the correct way to enter on this forum but I'll give it a try!