how could you grow an acer tree from seed?
18 Apr, 2011
What are you trying to grow from seed?
Well, ahem, there's the birds of course, and the bees, and a mummy and a daddy that love each other very much... and ... erm, why don't you go and ask Mummy?
Welcome to GOY Marion. There are various ways of propaging plants from seeds eg some seed need to be planted indoors, half hardy annuals. Others come on fine if planted in the garden, hardy annuals. Others may need a period of cold weather to enable them to germinate. Are you thinking of a specific plant? To answer our questions to you use the Add comment box as we are doing and then we can see what you want to tell us about your seed planting dilemma.
21 Apr, 2011
thanks for your answers.
23 Apr, 2011
Ok, you've edited your question, so now we know that you would like to grow an acer from seed. What sort of acer are you hoping to grow? A large field maple, sycamore sized one or a little petite japanese type? Do you have some seed? If you have some from last year, it would have been better to sow it when it was fresh.
Let's assume that you're going to collect some acer seed this autumn.
There are very detailed instructions here -
Being more slapdash than the gardener who wrote that, I would consider soaking the seeds for a couple of days, place on damp compost and put in the fridge for three or four weeks, get them out and hope they grow on a windowsill.
The easiest way is to put the seeds in a pot or tray with some compost, put that in an out-of-the-way corner of the garden and see what grows.
Whichever method of germination you use, the seedlings will not be exact replicas of the tree they came from.
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