Ask a Question forum: How do I plant Sugar Maple seeds if they fall from the tree in Spring?

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Puddintane
Apr 2, 2017 5:20 PM CST
(Note: I've asked this question earlier on Yahoo Answers but all answers said just transplant from the ground, but this is impossible as the tree is in my front yard, so the ground around it is mowed regularly.)

Is there any pretreatment, such as scarification or stratification, that is necessary? Do they have to be planted immediately after falling from the tree? Could I just go ahead and plant them when I want as long as it's still Spring?
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sallyg
Apr 3, 2017 7:22 AM CST
Maples generally make A LOT of seedlings naturally, I'm pretty sure you'll have no trouble. Collect some and plant them. Or look in any nearby flowerbeds for seedlings. Paired leaves that are tiny version of the mature ones (after seed leaves)
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Philipwonel
Apr 3, 2017 8:42 AM CST
Wellcome Puddin 😁
If they dont sprout for you. They may need to go through a cooling period. Like puting them in refrigerator for a few weeks. So they they been threw a winter.
Thats what im thinking.
Some seeds need that.
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sallyg
Apr 3, 2017 9:06 AM CST
Looks like there is embryo dormancy in A saccharum.
http://horticulture.oregonstat...

I think it means, they sprout a root but go on hold? Anyhoo. Collect a good number, plant in a good sized pot, sink it in the ground, and wait.

But if you're trying to get another tree just like a certain landscape cultivar you have, best to buy it.
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Leftwood
Apr 3, 2017 4:56 PM CST
It means that the seeds needs a cold and moist treatment (cold stratification) to grow at all. For sugar maple it is 2-3 months minimum (according to M. Dirr) before it will sprout in the warm (spring) conditions. The seed will not grow until then. So you can plant them now in the spring, but they won't sprout until next spring. Or you could wait and plant them in Sept-Oct outside to sprout the following spring.

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