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Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,143

Does anyone ever try growing shrubs from seed ?

Certainly worth giving a go should any in your garden produce fruits .

A form of 'natural stratification' is often necessary :- simply scatter the seed in pots in a coarse gritty growing medium , & cover in about an inch of the same . Thoroughly drench the compost using w/can with rose and then double clingfilm the top of the pot ; secure with strong rubber bands , stand somewhere semi-shaded outside for the winter , and simply forget about them !

Nine times out of ten you'll see tiny seedlings appearing in the spring . Quite satisfying to grow your own shrubs really .

I have grown several genera in this way ; Desfontainea , Crinodendron , Cotinus and Decaisnea to name a few . Easier species like Cotoneaster often self seed anyway . I have Solanum laciniatum in my garden which appears sporadically every year ; a tender Australian , somehow and somewhere the seeds overwinter and germinate outdoors .

Anyway , enough rambling on ; just thought I'd enquire as to other growers success stories !


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,412

    yes, lots of them, and trees. I can't help myself, it's an obsession,.

    Clerodendrum trichotomum is easy, Chimonanthus praecox (maybe not quite so easy, I only got one) lots of different Cotoneasters and Loniceras. Eleagnus umbellata and angustifolia, Catalpa. The list is long and will be longer.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I have a white Buddleia davidii that I grew from seed 35 years ago. It is still going strong!

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,143

    Fascinating isn't it ?

    I remember seeing a large shrub of Clerodendrum trichotomum as a child on Nottingham Arboretum ; didn't know it then , but I do now ; stunning berry colour .

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