The waiting is the hardest part...

I'm a novice who finally made the commitment to do something I've been longing to do and that is to plant seeds of different trees and bushes. I would be far happier and more satisfied looking at my yard seeing trees and bushes that I grew from seed.
I began collecting seeds early last December and placed them in a baggy and put them in my freezer for over a month (I researched some sources that clued me in to doing this). Two weeks ago, I purchased a nifty little planters greenhouse which has 25 peat pods and a plastic covering. I planted each of my seeds, provided adequate watering, and positioned this mini greenhouse under a florescent light. I do not see anything happening, and it's been a couple weeks already. I am getting the feeling as though my efforts have failed. Do I need to wait it out? Or, should I not play Mother Nature, give up, and spend at the nearest Home Depot?
Any positive advice and/or insight would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Frustrated
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Broman24 wrote:

It depends on what you planted. Most deciduous plants in temperate areas need a cold period, usually much longer than the month you have given them. Some also then need a warm period before they can germinate, which may take several more months. Some seeds have thick coatings that take years to deteriorate unless done chemically. Give us an idea of what you planted and then we can help you more.
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I appreciate your reply and interest in my question.
I planted crape myrtle seeds. I live in Atlanta, and the seeds were taken from a bush that I currently have in my yard. Other seeds were from a pine cone belonging to an evergreen pine popular to the south with long needles. One other is the seeds from a holly bush which I washed clean before planting.
Let me know what you think.
Thank you again.
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I have been quite successful plantin pine and conifers in general in spanghum moss
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Your best bet is to search on '[plantname] germination' (without the quotes) to find the specific germination requirements for each type of seed. Pay particular attention to the length of any stratification period (that's the term for simulating winter for a seed). Also, the temperature required for germination, suggested mediums, and the average germination time.
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