The Q&A Archives: Buckeye Tree Seed Germination

Question: Do you have to do anything special to the seed from a buckeye tree to germinate it? The seed pod was brown and prickly on the outside. When opened, there was the brown shiny seed with a white spot. That is why my friend said it was called a buckeye seed.

Answer: According to the American Horticultural Society's book, "Plant Propagation," buckeye seeds should be sown in midautumn. Gather ripe fruits when they fall, remove the husks, and sow at once. Or, store in moist peat at 37 degrees F, then sow in pots in late winter. Germination takes place at 50-59 degrees. Good luck with your buckeye tree!

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