Flowers: Early spring
Height: 7m, Spread: 10m
Position: Full sun
Packet of 10 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 in pots of moist seed compost (eg. John Innes) mixed with perlite, vermiculite or horticultural grit, cover with a thin layer of compost, perlite or vermiculite and seal inside a polythene bag. Maintain an optimum temperature of 18-21C for 5 months, then place the pots in the fridge for a further 3 months. After this, return to 18-21C and germination should take place within the next few months. Throughout this process check regularly and ensure the compost does not dry out.
Alternatively, sow as above 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. The little trees are best grown on for at least two years in pots or a nursery bed and protected from frost for at least the first winter. Plant out once established in a sunny position.