Could anyone give me advice on growing italian cypress and yew from seed? ow to store seed, dry them out? do I need to stratify? when to sow?
any help appreciated
Cupressus sempervirens (Italian Cypress) Seed - sow late winter in a cold frame and only just cover the seed, or 3 weeks cold stratification can improve germination. Germinates in 1 - 2 months at 68F following chill. The seedlings are very subject to damping off so should be kept well-ventilated. Plant out in Fall. Seed, stored dry and cool, may be viable at least a few years.
Taxus - Yew in general, types may vary - Clean Seed (and wash hands after) Moist warm 90 days followed by moist cold (approx 40F) 90 days, followed by moist warm again 90 days. Final, barely cover, 70F, germination may take 365 days or longer.