TITLE

HORTICULTURAL TECHNIQUES: Germinating tree seed

AUTHOR(S)
Barter, Guy; Bostock, Helen; Dickerson, Tony; Halsall, Lucy; Alexander, Paul; Durrant, Sara; Larner, Jackie; Prior, Chri
PUB. DATE
January 2004
SOURCE
Garden;Jan2004, Vol. 129 Issue 1, p64
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Raising trees at home from bought or freshly collected seed is a satisfying and cost-effective way of obtaining new plants. For good results, different tree species may require certain treatments to help them overcome dormancy and allow the seed to germinate freely. Tree seed bought dry during the winter season often needs treatment to overcome 'mechanisms' that prevent the seed germinating before spring. Tough coating inhibits quick and even germination. In spring, sow the seed into small pots of gritty potting compost and place these in a cold frame or similar cool, well-ventilated environment where excess rainfall cannot soak the pots. To avoid double dormancy, sow in spring and leave for 18 months. Alternatively, place seed in a clear plastic bag filled with a moist, open-textured mixture of coir or composted bark and coarse sand or perlite. To subject latecomers to cold, place seed in a clear plastic bag filled with the same mix recommended for warm stratification and seal the bag. Fagus sylvatica (beech), Aesculus hippocastanum and Castanea sativa (horse and sweet chestnuts) Quercus (oak) and Juglans (walnut) seed germination will be better if the seed is sown as soon as it is ripe, in well-drained soils or pots of gritty compost.
ACCESSION #
15910466

 

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