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growing metasequoia from seed

Posted by hairmetal4ever Z7 MD (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 7, 14 at 14:15

I'll probably post this also over at the Conifers forum.

Just ordered some of the "80% cut" Metasequoia glyptostroboides seeds from F.W. Schumacher along with a couple other conifers. Supposedly this a lot of seeds filtered out for better germination rates.

I saw some threads here before that suggested the germination rates are pretty good for their seed.

Few Questions:

Seems they don't "need" stratification, but there is some suggestion that they germinate better with a short period. Yes or no?

Will they safely store dry at room temp for a couple months?

Pregerminate, then separate/plant in individual pots, or stick a couple seeds in each pot and thin them out?

Any tips for prevention of rot/damping off?

How big should I expect the seedling to grow its first year? I know Dawn Redwood grows FAST, but I also know that conifer seedlings in particular can stay VERY small the first season or two.


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RE: growing metasequoia from seed

Did you check out all the info links I posted on your other thread about germinating and growing conifers?

Considered a fast grower at 1-2' per year after year 2. Lots of discussions about this variety already over on the Conifers forum here.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden Web discussions about metasequoia germination, plant spacing and growth patterns


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