Chaenomeles japonica (Flowering/Japanese Quince) seeds
Lovely flowering shrub grown for its attractive red or orange spring flowers followed by yellow fruits. Invaluable for early spring colour when the flowers appear before the leaves. Of great benefit to wildlife; birds love the fruit and nest in its dense branches and the nectar rich flowers will attract plenty of bees. Perfect for Bonsai.
Height: 1m, Spread: 2m
Flowers: Spring, Position: Any in any soil
Packet of 30 Seeds
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Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Mix equal parts of peaty seed compost, eg. Levington with vermiculite, perlite or horticultural grit and sow seeds very thinly on the surface. Seal inside a polythene bag and place in the fridge for 10 weeks. After this, move to a propagator or other warm place and maintain an optimum temperature of 12-18C. Germination should take place in 1-4 months. 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.
[If sowing a large quantity, mix seeds with the compost/vermiculite and place in a resealable bag in the fridge. Open the bag and give the seeds a good shake to aerate them each week. Then sow thinly into trays or, in spring/summer, directly outdoors in a nursery bed]
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 sun, semi-shade or shade.