Abies procera [syn. nobilis] (Noble Fir) seeds
Very handsome tree with smooth, silvery-grey bark and either grey-green or blue-green needles. Produces huge brown cones up to 25cm once mature. A favourite for Christmas trees and floristry due to its good needle retention. Can be pot grown and brought in for Christmas.
Winner of the Award of Garden Merit.
Height: 15m, Spread: 5m
Position: Sun, semi-shade or shade & prefers deep, moist, acidic soil
Packet of 25 or 100 seeds
Pre-sowing Treatment: Soak the seeds in water that starts off hand hot for 24 hours.
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of year. Mix equal parts of peaty seed compost, eg. Levington with vermiculite, perlite or horticultural grit and sow seeds very thinly on the surface, then just cover them with a layer of vermiculite, perlite or grit. Seal inside a polythene bag and place in the fridge for 6 weeks.
[If sowing a large quantity, mix seeds with the compost/vermiculite and place in a resealable bag in the fridge, then sow into trays or directly outdoors in a nursery bed]
After this, move to a propagator or other warm place and maintain an optimum temperature of 18-21C. Germination should take place in 3-6 weeks. Note: Germination can be very erratic, so sow thinly and prick out the seedlings as they become large enough to handle disturbing the rest of the compost as little as possible.
An alternative method is to sow in pots as above during late summer to early winter then place in a cold frame and let nature take its course as the seasons change with the seedlings emerging the next spring.
Growing Instructions: Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots and grow on in a cold frame or nursery bed for a year or two then plant in their final position in semi-shade.