“Shadblow Serviceberry berries are used in making jams, jellies and pies. The berries are eaten by songbirds, bluebirds and robins. The Shadblow Serviceberry is a stunning fall foliage tree with orange, gold, red and green leaves.”
See Shadblow Serviceberry Seeds – Amelanchier CanadensisWant to grow some berry-bushes? Well, you can buy some from a nursery for $5-$50 each or you can plant seeds costing 2.5 to 8 cents each. Of course, some of the seeds won’t grow and there will be some infant mortality but there is still a large factor in lower price. With organization, you can minimize the work of planting seeds and supporting the seedlings:
- plant in flats or prepared seedbeds instead of pots
- mulch to protect the seeds over winter and seedlings in the heat of summer
- water well
- fertilize in the second year
- transplant to proper spacing in a good site after a year or three
Many seeds require a warm and moist period followed by a cold and moist period before they will germinate. You can do that at home or in the refrigerator but it may be better to plant outdoors in a well prepared seedbed in good soil to let Nature do that. With luck you can get 40-90% of the seeds to sprout and easily get more trees at a lower price than buying seedlings. Of course it takes two or three more years to get fruit this way, but that’s why folks pay the nurseries the big amounts. If your payoff will be a great lot more fruit, do you really care if it takes longer? Nope. Enjoy.