Flowering Dogwood Trees, how to grow from Seed ?

Flowering dogwood trees will be simply full-grown from seed. However, 99.9999% of the seedlings are Cornus Florida, which is a white flowering dogwood. It does not matter if you collect seeds from a white dogwood or a pink dogwood, the seedlings may be white. The only way to grow pink dogwood, red dogwood, or beautiful dogwood with colorful leaves is to paste or paste the desired varieties into white dogwood seedlings.

Dogwood trees begin to produce seeds after the petals have fallen from the flowers. it’s a slow method that takes all summer.By the end of the summer, the seeds begin to turn red, which means they mature. They are not selected early, or the embryo is not fully developed, and they are not viable. When the seeds are fully developed, they begin to fall off the tree, at which point you can start to pick them up. If they don’t pop up quickly when you catch them, they’re not quite ready, just give them a week or two.

Do not let them fall to the ground, chipmunks, birds and other critters love them and usually eat them as fast as they fall. Once selected, let it sit for a week or more until the pulp begins to soften. Soak them in water to soften the pulp at that point.

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When the water is in a heap, squeeze the seeds between the toes and separate the seeds from the pulp. Once they are separated, add the water slowly until the water overflows into the mat, allowing the water to flow slowly along the edge of the pail. Practical seeds should fall to the bottom of the pail, and the pulp should rise upwards.

Allow the pulp to flow out of the container until you have nothing but pure seeds lying on the bottom of the pail. Drain the water and spread it on a table to dry the seeds.  After drying, the seeds can be stored in a cool, dry place.

They will keep it this way for a while. Dogwood seeds have a very thick coating on the seeds, so they need to be treated or sorted before germination. This process softens the external coating so that water and oxygen can enter it, which initiates the germination process. There are many ways to treat dogwood seeds from acid treatment to keep them in the refrigerator.

I will share two techniques that I think will work best for some less experienced people.

One technique requires you to decide which day next spring you want to plant the seeds, then count them back on your calendar for 210 days to begin the stratification process. May 15 is a good target date for planting in the north because by then we should be safe from frost. You don’t want natural mothers to do them before they get a chance.

The start of the certification process is May 15 to 210 days, and you are October 15. To classify the seeds using this method, place the wet (not wet!) Peat moss in a plastic bag or a mixture of moist peat and sand. Put a few holes in the bag, and you don’t want it to go down in the air. Keep this mixture in the temperature room for 105 days.

After 105 days, transfer to your refrigerator for another 105 days. Do not put them in a way that will freeze them. You can cool them but not freeze them. After 105 days of storage in the refrigerator, they should be ready for planting. Soon after the danger of snowfalls, it’s time for you to pull them out.

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Check them weekly while keeping the seeds, and if you have fungus growing in the bag, spray a little fungicide. At the end of the storage period, you should check for germination and plant 10% of the seeds immediately after germination. If it’s early, plant them in a flat in the house and make sure they get plenty of sunlight.

To plant them, spread the contents of the bag over the soil. Spread some light soil on top. Do not plant the seeds too deeply. You want the top 1/4″ soil. Rinse thoroughly after planting, and then allow the soil to dry before re-watering. Make sure you plant them in a well-drained area so they do not need soil or they will rot.

It’s a technique. Another technique is to immediately knit each seed in two different places with a knife and plant it directly in the fall. Cover the bed with a piece of seedbed, so the critters do not dig and eat them.

Which technique works best?

I do not know. There are so many variables that can change the outcome, and I have never seen where one works better than the other. I suggest you do it each way and see what works best for you. I like to plant them in the fall and take charge of nature, but it can be frustrating when something happens, and you get a bad stand, which is why it’s always good to try some ways.

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