Yesterday, I removed tree seeds that were stratifying in damp soil in plastic bags in my refrigerator preparing to grow. I found some, like these Nanking Cherry seeds, had already sprouted and looked ready to raise their heads towards Sun. Other ambitious seeds included Manchurian Apricot. I wish other seeds were as ambitious but it’s all good. As long as we can grow new trees life will go on.
Image: Steve Hurst, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Good fun. Buying the seed, waiting til February to begin stratification, and now putting them to the test is taking worthwhile risks because there’s nothing as beautiful as a tree, especially if it feeds the birds, the bees and me. 😉 Other seeds that took the plunge:
Amelanchier alnifolia, Hippophae rhamnoides, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Prunus armeniaca var. Mandshurica, Prunus avium, Prunus serotina, Prunus tenella, Prunus virginiana, Thuja occidentalis, and Viburnum trilobum.