Rowan by seed

Olwas2013June 5, 2013

Hello. I have a tall Rowan tree out the back. It flowers and gets flowers and produces berries every year. Before I let the seeds disappear can I collect them and plant them? If its possible when should I collect the seeds? Do they need any stratification? How do we stratify them? How long does it take for the stratification process to happen? How do we plant the seeds? How long do they take to germinate? How old do the seedlings have to be until I plant them outside in the ground? Tell me the best way of growing Rowan by seed. Thank You,
Olly Lynch.

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Never done it myself, Olly, but the link should help.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rowan from seed

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 2:00PM
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Olwas2013

Thank you flora uk. Do you know anything about air layering Rowans. If not can we take cuttings. Thank You again
Olly Lynch

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 2:44PM
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Olwas2013

Thank you flora uk. Do you know anything about air layering Rowans. If not can we take cuttings. Thank You again
Olly Lynch

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 2:50PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

You asked about seed and that seems to be the main way of reproducing them. I have no idea abut air layering or cuttings. I'd just Google if I were you.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 12:29PM
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Susana-Smith

I had great success growing Rowans from seeds some years ago. I tried two methods in autumn - sowing some into a seed tray of gritty seed raising mix and some seeds put into a plastic bag of moist coir which I stored in the fridge for a couple of months. I must say that both methods were as successful as each other. I think there's a lot to be said for using fresh seed - the germination rate seems to be higher. Good luck.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 3:42AM
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Olwas2013

Thank you Susana-Smith, your the best.
Thank you again,
Olly Lynch.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 1:57PM
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Campanula UK Z8

I have grown several sorbus from seed and generally just sow the whole berries in October/November in a 5inch litre pot (gritty loam) and leave them over winter, outside along the side of the greenhouse. They invariably germinate by March. Easiest have been vilmorinii and cashmeriensis while Joseph Rock had a poor germination rate.

Lovely, lovely little trees - my all-time favourite genus, even named my eldest Rowan.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 6:37AM
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Susana-Smith

Yes, they're one of my favourite trees too. There's also lots of interesting folklore attached to them! I'd love to get hold of some seed again this year (as we're at the tail-end of autumn) but it doesn't seem easy to come by here. I think the birds get the berries if left on the trees through the autumn.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 9:23AM
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