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Q.Can I Safely Save Japanese Seeds In The Spring / Summer Until They Can Be Viable In The Fall?

Zone 27520 | billforster added on May 21, 2023 | Answered

I have a red Japanese Maple that I want to start propagating from seeds, the issue that the squirrels are eating the seeds and actually chewing them off of the tree, I want to collect the seeds that fall that have not been eaten, but everything I read says it needs to become viable in the fall Oct. / Nov. following the spring seed pod emergence. any tips or recommendations are greatly appreciated.

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Answered on May 22, 2023

Unfortunately, all will ripen in the Fall. You will want to wait until then. There are a few things to know about harvest and germination, as well. This article will go over those things:


These articles will help with the, general, care of the tree:


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