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Does anyone know of any reputable seed dealers?


Does anyone know of any good informational sources for germination/stratification times and strategies?

Over the past 2 years I have tried to process about 20 yoshino and about 30 beech seeds....with an over all success rate of 0%. I've followed all of the instructions that came with them...not sure if my perfect failure rate is due to bad processing instructions or bad seeds...
 

Brent

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Try FW Schumacher http://www.treeshrubseeds.com

I get all my seed from them. For seed germination information see this article at my website http://www.evergreengardenworks.com/seeds.htm

That should get you started. Beech seed is often hollow, no kernel, cut some open to make sure there is a seed in the husk. Fagus sylvatica requires a 90 day cold moist pretreatment (see the seed article) and is quite easy to germinate if the seed is fresh. Seed from many companies is overly dried when stored. Schumacher does it properly. I have a flat in the greenhouse now. Fagus crenata will germinate immediately after soaking when you get it from Schumacher.

Most Prunus species require 90 day cold moist period. I collect fresh seed, let is soak for a couple weeks to rot the flesh, then wash and store in the refrigerator until spring. Most Prunus is very easy. Again, check to make sure that the seed is not hollow. Dried stored Prunus can be hard to germinate, so you need to get it from a reputable company.

Brent
EvergreenGardenworks.com
see our blog at http://BonsaiNurseryman.typepad.com
 

Brent

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I usually order my seeds in early winter for delivery by the first of the year. Most require 90 days pre treatment, so I am sowing in April or May. If you order earlier than that, the chances are good that you won't get the current year's crop and the seed won't be fresh.

Brent
 

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Here in tennessee there are beech everywhere..from my patio I count 7 full grown beeches.
 

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I order mine for late fall and sow them in a large flat when temps are too low for germination. Then I let mother nature stratify them and start them germinating when my temps are just right for them. Works great. Last year I used 100% akadama and had no problems, moisture retention was great.
 
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Try FW Schumacher http://www.treeshrubseeds.com

I get all my seed from them. For seed germination information see this article at my website http://www.evergreengardenworks.com/seeds.htm

That should get you started. Beech seed is often hollow, no kernel, cut some open to make sure there is a seed in the husk. Fagus sylvatica requires a 90 day cold moist pretreatment (see the seed article) and is quite easy to germinate if the seed is fresh. Seed from many companies is overly dried when stored. Schumacher does it properly. I have a flat in the greenhouse now. Fagus crenata will germinate immediately after soaking when you get it from Schumacher.

Most Prunus species require 90 day cold moist period. I collect fresh seed, let is soak for a couple weeks to rot the flesh, then wash and store in the refrigerator until spring. Most Prunus is very easy. Again, check to make sure that the seed is not hollow. Dried stored Prunus can be hard to germinate, so you need to get it from a reputable company.

Brent
EvergreenGardenworks.com
see our blog at http://BonsaiNurseryman.typepad.com
Brent,
I have read many of your articles over the years, but somehow missed this one. What an eye-opener! Thanks for the great information!
 

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http://www.mishobonsai.com/

Doesn't look like they have any fukien tea at the moment but I seem to remember them having it at one point.
 
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