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Postby AJC » Nov 11, 2005 8:51 am

Hi All, been a while since I posted.........Hi KHT :)

I have a few different species of acer (japanese maples) I have tried a couple of times to grow them from seed but with little success, does anyone here have any useful tips and hints i can use? i will try any and all :)
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Postby kHT » Nov 11, 2005 9:30 am

Hey AJC, been wondering how you are doing? Did ya give them the cold chile for a while? Toss them in the freezer and then plant. Let me know how it goes. I have some in there now and will be pulling them out in Jan.
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Postby Old earth dog » Nov 11, 2005 11:33 pm

AJC, the Acers vary considerable in when to collect and plant. You might want to try posting this in the Jap Garden forum here. Those guys are Acer Aces! :wink:
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Postby whis4ey » Nov 12, 2005 8:55 am

I have had success with seeds in the past Alan. I picked the seeds in October, placed them in the bottom of the fridge in moist (not wet) peat) and planted them out on a heated incubater in or around March April
About 15 sprouted
I killed a few early with too much haste to pot them on
I killed a few more later with keeping them too wet
The frost killed a couple
I finished up with about 7 good plants
This is one of them, and is my pride and joy
It is well worth trying. You have nothing to lose
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Postby AJC » Nov 14, 2005 1:51 pm

Thanks for the info peeps :)

I knew about the fridge bit, its do i lay the seeds on top or do they need to be so deep?
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Postby whis4ey » Nov 14, 2005 2:37 pm

Jush shaken through the damp peat Alan (in a plastic bag). It is NOT a seed tray or planting that you are doing
When they come to be planted out I just buried the seed and no more. Not sure if that was the best thing or not though :)
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Postby petal*pusher » Nov 14, 2005 3:57 pm

This is called "stratification". We do it at school each year with about 75% germination results. Hope this helps!....p :wink:

http://www.treeshrubseeds.com/treatingseed.htm
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Postby AJC » Nov 17, 2005 8:16 am

thanks for the replies, I will start them off today, I will pop half in the fridge and half I will pot up and leave outside all winter, see how i get on, I will let you know the results next spring :)
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Postby Wanda » Mar 20, 2006 4:43 pm

So, any luck with the Acer seeds? I would love to get my hands on some seed from any pretty Japanese maples. Here in the forest, I have to mow billions and billions of baby sugar maples, even though I try to rake up all the propellers each spring. Makes for an interesting “grass” substitute (hehe). Makes me think any maples will grow well here. Have one sugar maple that has a trunk over 11’ around!

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Postby Wanda » Mar 20, 2006 4:48 pm

So, any luck with the Acer seeds? I would love to get my hands on some seed from any pretty Japanese maples. Here in the forest, I have to mow billions and billions of baby sugar maples, even though I try to rake up all the propellers each spring. Makes for an interesting “grass” substitute (hehe). Makes me think any maples will grow well here. Have one sugar maple that has a trunk over 11’ around!

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Postby AJC » Mar 26, 2006 1:57 pm

out of about 30 seeds i have so far only 6 seedlings to show for it, but that might be the seeds rather than the method so i htink it works :)

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Postby Gruntfuttock » Apr 12, 2006 6:39 am

Here is the method I used.

Fill a clay pot with gritty sand. Plant the seeds on the surface and sprinkle more sand on the top. Some seeds are covered to about half an inch some are not covered at all. This gives some variety of exposure to frosts etc.

Leave the pot outside all winter.

Come spring, hey presto, it worked for hibiscus as well.
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Postby whis4ey » Apr 12, 2006 8:02 am

I had a tray which didn't 'sprout' in the first two seasons. I left the tray outside last winter and two days ago when I checked it lo and behold about 5 little maples have appeared :)
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Postby kHT » Apr 12, 2006 11:06 am

:lol: :lol: Sam, Mother Nature is testing ya! :lol: :lol: I love her little surprises as I dump what I don't think is going to sprout to come back later to find new plants. I have learned to mark each dumping area! One never knows what might pop up later! :wink:
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