The Q&A Archives: Propagation Of Fagus Sylvatica

Question: Basically Iam looking for propagation techniques for Fagus Sylvatica from seed and growing on requirements.

Answer: According to the American Horticultural Society's book, "Plant Propagation," beech tree nuts should be gathered when ripe and sown immediately outdoors, or stored in the refrigerator for 6 weeks before sowing in late winter to avoid losing seeds to rodents. Germination occurs at 50 degrees F.

If sowing outdoors in a seed bed, protect area from wind. Prepare planting area by digging to a depth of about 10 inches, raking out rocks and debris, etc. Incorporate well-rotted leaf mold in the planting area. It usually contains soil-borne fungi that help seedling growth and soil structure. Sow the seed at twice it's diameter. Keep uniformly moist. Transplant into a nursery bed after one year to grow on and keep them well watered and fertilized.

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