Growing European Hornbeam From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Ingleside, IL
Question by halfshell2u
January 10, 2000
Are European hornbeam seeds difficult to grow from seeds?

Answer from NGA
January 10, 2000


According to my reference, hornbeam seeds do not germinate reliably, but germination can be improved by soaking the seeds for 48 hours, drain, refrigerate for 4 months (cold stratification) and then sow in pots. Cover with 1/8 inch of grit. They germinate with a nighttime temperature of 50 degrees F. Keep the sown seeds for at least one year to allow for the possibility of germination. Sounds a bit challenging--good luck!

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