Collecting, Storing, and Sprouting Beech Seeds

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Collecting, Storing, and Sprouting Beech Seeds

Post  chadley999 on Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:57 pm

Hi everyone, I collected some seeds from trees in my area today. I understand these trees take years and years to develop, more so from seed. But i really enjoy starting trees. I would love to hear what tips everyone has for this, especially anyone who has tried it for themselves. I believe they are American beech but am not 100%. Regardless, I'm wondering mainly if they its alright for them to dry out before soaking and stratification, and the stratification process overall what medium, duration, etc. Also if i should try to just pot up a few seeds in fine bonsai soil and leave out for the winter and let nature do the work for me. All thoughts and comments are welcome! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Re: Collecting, Storing, and Sprouting Beech Seeds

Post  Marty Weiser on Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:21 am

I have not done beech, but for other species I plant the seed out in the flats in the fall and cover with screen to keep critters from eating them. Make sure they get some moisture and the full winter treatment and you have treated them the way they evolved to be treated. I generally get reasonably good germination with this method and it takes minimal effort.

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Re: Collecting, Storing, and Sprouting Beech Seeds

Post  tap pi lu on Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:38 am

in nature-most seeds germinate immediately upon contact with moist soil, some wake up after 7-10 days, some species need to wait until spring or summer

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Post  Marty Weiser on Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:57 am

I believe it depends a great deal upon the climate. In the tropics most seeds probably quickly germinate. In the temperature zones where you find most of the beeches, maples, oaks, pines etc. most will wait until spring and need some cold moist time to break dormancy.

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Post  chadley999 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:58 am

Thanks for the comments everyone. Marty i was wondering if you used potting soil, fine bonsai soil, or just full blown bonsai soil. Also did you make different layers in your medium

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Post  Marty Weiser on Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:53 am

I use bonsai soil. Fairly coarse in the bottom since my flats have 1/4" (6 mm) hardware cloth in the bottom. the bulk is smaller bonsai soil (3 - 6 mm) and I often cover the seeds with some of the finer stuff (1-3 mm). I also tend to broadcast the seed rather than placing it in specific locations. Sometimes I get interesting groups that can be planted up as clumps or small forests.

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Post  chadley999 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:40 pm

Ok thanks! I was planning on doing layers. Anyone know what way the seeds sprout? Is it pointy side down or flat side down.

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