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i have some green hawthorn berries. can i use them, or do i need ripe ones? ... what is sharp sand? (is that what you said?)


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,868

    you need ripe red ones. put them in a pot, some say remove the red stuff but I don't. Cover with some compost and I use grit to hold it all down and prevent algae growth. Leave it outside for the weather to do it's stuff  and they will germinate in spring

  • I got seeds from a plant that i found in my woods that i am almost sure is hawthorn. It does not have thorns on the plant though. But it has the same leaves and berry. I thought it might be a crabapple but with the berry i have you can squeeze the seeds out like you did here. It isnt like an apple. But ththe seeds are smaller and there are multiple seeds in each berry. Any ideas?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,235

    Hawthorns have just the one seed in each berry. 

    Can you show us a photo of the seeds you have, and the plant with a closeup of it's leaves if possible?

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Im new to this site, how would i go about posting the pictures so you could see?
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,470

    Click on the tree icon on the tool bar, select a photo, upload, save.

  • Will the hawthorn grow for the following spring, as some sites are saying they take 18months to germinate?


  • Will the hawthorns grow for next spring, as some sites are saying it takes 18 months for them to germinate?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,868

    If I sow when they're ripe and fresh they generally germinate the following spring. But don't chuck them if they don't, they may come the next spring

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,564

    They sow themselves in my garden.  I've just dig up two and planted them in the paddock across the road along the stream.   If they decide to grow they'll be great for wildlife and can get as big as they want.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,868

    Mine seed themselves. I only know how long they take from nut/berry sowings with the kids

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