June 2016 – How To Grow A Tree or Shrub From Seed: Part 3

We can tell and show you how to grow trees and shrubs from seeds. Then as they grow, we can be your “go to tree maintenance” company.

Cold Stratification
Stratification is the process of mimicking the natural over-wintering process by exposing the seeds to cool, moist conditions. The easiest way to undertake the stratification process is:

  • Take a few handfuls of peat moss and soak it in water until it is saturated
  • After soaking, use your hands to squeeze out as much water as possible
  • Place a layer of the moist peat moss in the bottom of a zip-lock plastic sandwich bag
  • Place the seeds on the layer and fill the rest of the bag with the peat moss
  • Seal the bag closed
  • Store the sealed bag in the bottom of the refrigerator for the appropriate stratification time.

During the cold stratification process, occasionally check the seeds for signs of early germination. If the seeds begin to germinate in the refrigerator, remove them and plant as normal.

After the prescribed stratification time in the refrigerator, remove the seeds and sow them in the normal manner.

Warm Stratification
The warm stratification step is designed to mimic the seed’s summer dormancy when it is often imbedded in warm damp soil or mud. For warm stratification, follow the same steps outlined in cold stratification, except place the zip-lock bag in a warm location at or slightly above room temperature for a target temperature range of about 72 to 86 degrees F. (Often placing the bag on top of the refrigerator achieves this.)

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