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Stratification of laurel seeds/berries

Evening all. 

I've last week, harvested a nice cache of ripe, about to drop laurel berries (nice big healthy seeds inside). 
I can't find any info on these little suckers. 

Do I clean and wash them, dry them and cold store for a year, or can I just pop the little guys right now into seedling pots?

Anyone know what the deal is with these please?

All my best. 


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,081
    No idea @Password-incorrect - I'm usually trying to stop them growing  ;)
    I expect you could just sow them. I have a feeling they normally germinate best after 'passing through' birds though, but don't quote me on that  :)
    Otherwise, I expect they would generally lie on the soil surface and have a winter [ so the cold stratifying] and then something would happen in spring.
    You could try both and see if no one else comments  :)

    Most people would use cuttings for propagating though - much quicker. Or layering. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • ErgatesErgates Posts: 2,192
    Just seen a load of laurel berries after cutting our hedges. I don’t need to propagate them, just wander round near the hedge and there are plenty of seedlings coming up. One year, I was very tardy in picking up the prunings and left them on the ground. When I finally got round to collecting them up to shred and dispose of, more than half of them were sprouting roots.
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