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Germinating Silver Birch

brazeabitbrazeabit Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 4
Hi guys, brand newbie here , just wondering if someone can tell me how the Nurseries start Silver Birch from seed?   I have tried inside/outside, heatpads,cuttings etc etc but aren't having much luck or if someone can share an easier method please?    TIA


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,870
    Fresh seed, gritty compost, layer of grit on top, leave outside over winter, germinate in spring (or earlier.
    always copy what happens naturally
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,870
    I thought I had already answered this one, now I see there are two posts :) 

  • brazeabitbrazeabit Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 4
    Thanks nutcutlet i will delete one
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,880
    Do they self seed naturally where you live? The seed needs a period of cold to germinate well so if it doesn't get too cold there you might need to keep them in damp sand in the fridge for a month or so to kick them into life.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • brazeabitbrazeabit Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 4
    Thanks wild edges, i will try this
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,601
    They are usually easy to germinate but the seeds may not come true. You will get an attractive tree but it may not look like its mum if there were other types of birch about.
  • brazeabitbrazeabit Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 4
    Thanks Posy, might persevere with trying to get some cuttings going.
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