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by timmy on June 26, 2004 08:34 PM
hi...

is it possible for me to cultivate a birch tree from a seed? we have one in our backyard, and i would love to grow one from seed if possible...

this tree has some shoots on it right now that when broken open look like they contain seeds... are these seeds?

if so, does anyone have any suggestions as to the best way to start off a seedling?

thanks for your insight...

tim
by timmy on July 01, 2004 05:37 PM
no advice on this question?

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by obywan59 on July 01, 2004 10:05 PM
Harvest birch seed when ripe and then plant outdoors in fall. The cold winter temperatures will ensure stratification for spring germination. If you save seed and decide to plant in the spring, you need to plant your seeds in a small container and moisten the soil mix. Then place in a plastic bag and put in your refrigerator for one to three months. Then either plant outdoors or in containers for later transplanting. Sometimes, seeds will begin sprouting in the refrigerator.

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by timmy on July 02, 2004 12:47 AM
So when are the birch seeds ripe?

What exactly do I do in the fall? Plant the seeds in a pot and leave them outside for the winter?

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Originally posted by obywan59:
Harvest birch seed when ripe and then plant outdoors in fall. The cold winter temperatures will ensure stratification for spring germination. If you save seed and decide to plant in the spring, you need to plant your seeds in a small container and moisten the soil mix. Then place in a plastic bag and put in your refrigerator for one to three months. Then either plant outdoors or in containers for later transplanting. Sometimes, seeds will begin sprouting in the refrigerator.
by Shani on July 02, 2004 06:05 PM
I would suggest germinating and starting the seeds inside. Green houses often germinate their seeds on either a damp soil bed or just a damp bloater cloth, though a paper towel will work. If the substrate is keep moist at all times with the seed set on top you will be able to tell how many seeds will germinate. Plant in just a small pot a watch it grow, try about 20 seeds for each tree you want to grow.
The trees used at reforestation tree plants are usually greenhoused for two years then planted in the spring

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by obywan59 on July 02, 2004 06:22 PM
Here is a little info on harvesting birch seed. I also looked in one of my books on plant propagation and learned that stratification (cold treatment) is not necessary if germination takes place in light.

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Terry

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by obywan59 on July 02, 2004 06:35 PM
Also, check out the notes on cultivation on the link I sent in my last post.

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by timmy on July 03, 2004 01:20 AM
so i guess i have to wait until september to harvest the seeds?

thanks for all the info... i'll give it a try...

tim

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