Sorbus aucuparia (Mountain Ash/Rowan) seeds
Height: 13m, Spread: 7m
Position: Sun in any reasonable soil
Packet of 30 or 100 seeds
Caution: Berries can cause stomach upset if eaten raw
RHS Plants for Pollinators.
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Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow thinly* on the surface of a moist seed compost mixed with a little vermiculite. Do not cover the seed and do not exclude light which is beneficial to germination. Place in the fridge or other cold place between 2-5C for 12 weeks. Then move to a propagator or seal in a polythene bag and maintain an optimum temperature of 18-21C. Germination can be slow and erratic but should occur after 2-4 months. As the seedlings emerge, gradually increase ventilation by opening the bag or propagator vents.
Growing Instructions: Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots. Grow on in cooler conditions with plenty of light, but shaded from direct sun. In the spring, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions and grow on until mature enough to be planted out in the garden. Likes a sunny position in any reasonable soil and keep well-watered until established.
*Sow seeds thinly as germination can be erratic and seedlings can then be removed without disturbing the rest of the compost too much.