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Toano, VA
VAlegacy
Apr 6, 2018 1:22 AM CST
These seeds are from a hybrid maple. Do I seperate them to plant or plant the whole thing?
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BigBill
Apr 6, 2018 3:11 AM CST
You can plant the whole seed or carefully peel off " the delivery system" including the ' wing'. I imagine either would work.
The protective covering would allow for the germinating seed to easily burst through it and start to grow.
Now for the hard part, are these seeds viable? Have they been fertilized? I am not familiar enough with a hybrid maple to know whether or not it is self pollinating. Can the male flowers fertilize the female flowers on the same tree? Often times you need a male tree around in the area to do that. But hey take a chance that they are fertile and they do grow.
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Toano, VA
VAlegacy
Apr 6, 2018 5:04 AM CST
Thank you Bill for taking the time to reply.
They are from an October Glory, which I think is a cross between silver and red. My neighbor has a silver, even though he thinks its a red...its 50 feet away.
There is only 1 seed in each samara? (sp)
Also, do you know if I can pick them from the tree or should I wait for them to drop.
Thanks again
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BigBill
Apr 6, 2018 5:46 AM CST
You can pick them. They are mature by now.
Yes, only one seed! Something like sugar maple or Norway maple have double wings, hence 2 seeds. # of Wings = # of seeds.
If potential parents are close by, I would have to assume that these are viable!

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greene
Apr 6, 2018 6:40 AM CST
I would not recommend taking the outer coating from the seeds. It's there for a reason.

What has not been mentioned yet is stratification. Maples, like many other seeds, need to be stratified before they will germinate. They need to experience 'winter'. Use the keywords 'how to stratify maple seeds' and you will get detailed instructions.

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Name: Bill
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BigBill
Apr 6, 2018 7:08 AM CST
Not all maples. Silver and Red maple don't need stratification. Most authorities claim Japanese red maples, aka cut leaf maples, do need it.
In fact, Silver and Red Maple seeds do not store well. For many years on Long Island as a child, I planted the seeds from Norway maple. They sprouted.
Then in a different town raising two boys, we planted Silver maple seeds all the time. I was constantly pulling seedlings from my containers and vegetable garden all summer from that Springs seed crop.
Bottom line, try it both ways, and report back on the forums. I would be curious to hear.
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Toano, VA
VAlegacy
Apr 6, 2018 10:59 AM CST
Thanks Greene and Bill,
Greene I have seen the method of stratification. From what I've learned through google, it seems as though maples that flower in the autumn need to go through this process. Everything on the internet is true right?
Since my maple produces seeds with 2 "wings" as shown in the photo, is it best to split the wings into separate halves (seeds) and plant individually, or plant the whole 2-wing samara, and cut one if they both sprout.
It seems in nature the wings would separate naturally over time lying on the canopy.
I'm afraid by splitting them in half by hand I would in fact damage the seed.
Thanks again
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DaisyI
Apr 6, 2018 12:15 PM CST
I haven't had experience with your Maple type but, Japanese Maples form seeds in the spring that fall in the fall/winter and germinate the following spring. It could be that your seeds are not mature yet. They do look viable - you can tell from the 'bulge' of the seed capsule. The wings will easily separate when they are ready to be picked.

Don't peel them, just stick them in the soil, seed first, with the wing sticking up. That makes a great seed marker. Also, because this tree is being grown from seed, the chances are very good that it will not look like its parent.
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