Hamamelis mollis (Chinese Witch Hazel) seeds
Winner of the Award of Garden Merit.
Flowers: January and February
Height: Up to 3m
Position: Sun or semi-shade & prefers acid soil but will happily grow in deep neutral/alkaline soil.
Packet of 20 seeds
These seeds have a double dormancy which needs to be broken before they will germinate, ie. they need to go through a process which simulates the changing seasons.
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow very thinly in trays or pots of moist, peat based seed compost (eg. Levington) at a depth of 2mm and seal inside a polythene bag. Maintain an optimum temperature of 16-20C for 14 weeks, then place the container(s) in the fridge for a further 20 weeks. Then, return to 16-20C and germination should take place in 4 months. Throughout this process check regularly and ensure the compost does not dry out. 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.
Alternatively, sow as above, seal in a polythene bag and place in a cold frame or sheltered part of the garden and let nature take its course as the seasons change.
Growing Instructions: Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots. Over-winter at a temperature of about 5C. Harden off and plant out when all risk of frost has passed in sun or semi-shade. Prefers acid soil, but will happily grow in deep neutral or alkaline soil.