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Post  nguyen75 Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:22 pm

helllo all what the best time to collect seed for deciduous like trident maple and japanese maple best get from a tree branch or from the ground ? and how do i keep them . let put them in the box place them stay inside in green house or keep them in garage ? thank you much
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Post  Todd Ellis Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:09 am

Hi Nguyen,
When I collect deciduous trees (maple, beech, hornbeam, etc) in the Fall, I plant them in the ground until the following Spring, then bare root and plant in bonsai soil in containers in the Spring. I find that Mother Nature protects them better than I, when they're first dug.
I would not advise putting them in a warm greenhouse. However, if you use your greenhouse for cold bonsai storage, the trees will be all right - if they don't freeze. I worked for growers who maintained a greenhouse at 33 or 34 degrees when the outside temps were below freezing. The trees do very well. I hope this helps! Salut, Todd
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Post  JimLewis Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:45 pm

He's asking about collecting seeds.

I'm no seed expert, but the seeds of most maples do best when collected just before they fall from the tree. So when seeds start to fall, collect one ones that are still on the tree. They usually germinate best if planted quite soon after collection.


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Post  nguyen75 Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:31 pm

JimLewis wrote:He's asking about collecting seeds.

I'm no seed expert, but the needs of most maples do best when collected just before they fall from the tree. So when seeds start to fall, collect one ones that are still on the tree. They usually germinate best if planted quite soon after collection.
thank you for imfo mr jim
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Post  nguyen75 Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:33 pm

Todd Ellis wrote:Hi Nguyen,
When I collect trees (maple, beech, hornbeam, etc) in the Fall, I plant them in the ground until the following Spring, then bare root and plant in bonsai soil in containers in the Spring. I find that Mother Nature protects them better than I, when they're first dug.
I would not advise putting them in a warm greenhouse. However, if you use your greenhouse for cold bonsai storage, the trees will be all right - if they don't freeze. I worked for growers who maintained a greenhouse at 33 or 34 degrees when the outside temps were below freezing. The trees do very well. I hope this helps! Salut, Todd
hi todd thank you you too if next time if i collect deciduous tree your info will help me then .
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Post  Kev Bailey Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:29 pm

Yep Jim is right. I collect all my Maple seeds when the wing starts to turn brown and plant them in pots to stratify straight away.

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Post  Todd Ellis Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:16 pm

I'm sorry Nguyen...I somehow overlooked your request about "seeds". I'm glad others were on the ball! Very Happy
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