Growing Trees From Seed

Growing Trees From Seed

A Practical Guide to Growing Native Trees, Vines and Shrubs

Book - 2008
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Native trees grow much faster than non-native trees. But even experienced horticulturists can be mystified about how nature sows and germinates seeds especially acorns and walnuts.

Thanks to this book, any gardener can now grow trees from seeds within as little as ten years. The secrets are to know what seeds to collect and how to prepare and plant them. From their extensive knowledge, the authors guide the reader in identifying native trees, vines and shrubs and describe howto propagate them.

Growing Trees from Seed covers the ecology, abundance, fruit characteristics and edibility of the more than 200 species discussed in this book. There is expert guidance on when to gather fruits, how to extract seeds from the fruit, and when and how to treat and germinate the seed, plus information on transplanting and expected growth rate. Alerts throughout the book identify closely related non-native species now common to various regions.

Many illustrations and descriptions help the reader with plant identification. A seed-treatment guide provides a handy reference.

Among the trees, vines and shrubs covered are:

Alders Beeches Berries Birches Cedars Cherries Chestnuts Clematis Dogwoods Elms Firs and pines Hickories Junipers Laurels Maples Oaks Plums Poplars Spruces Walnuts Willows.

There is no better guidebook on how to grow native trees from seed.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2008
ISBN: 9781554073634
Branch Call Number: ANF 635.977 KOC
Characteristics: 280 p. : ill. ; 29 cm


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Jul 31, 2017

Easily my favorite book on Canadian ecology, and the best reference for growing native trees from seed. The back pages have charts that list the bloom periods and seed dispersal times for many Canadian trees, along with a chart that displays whether the seeds of a particular tree need stratification, scarification, etc. The only caveat is that Koch seems to focus more on the Great Lakes region and Ontario than any of the other provinces.

Jan 19, 2015

For tree lovers. A labour of love from the late interpretive horticulturist at the U of Guelph's Arboretum. Rest in peace, Henry.

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