Propagation Of Fagus Sylvatica - Knowledgebase Question

Uddingston, In
Question by bellshug67
April 4, 2000
Basically Iam looking for propagation techniques for Fagus Sylvatica from seed and growing on requirements.

Answer from NGA
April 4, 2000


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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