How to Germinate Crimson King Maple Seeds

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How to Germinate Crimson King Maple Seeds

The crimson king is a maple cultivar with dark purple leaves. This is a deciduous tree, growing to 60 feet in height and usually grown as a shade tree. Unfortunately, it emits a chemical to discourage any plant growth under its canopy, so nothing will grow beneath it. Maple trees have fruit, called samara, with papery wings, that mature in early summer. The crimson king seeds are difficult to germinate and require a long period of cold. There is no need to remove the seeds from the fruit prior to germination or planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Horticulture sand
  • Coco peat
  • Perlite
  • Seeding flat, or pot
  • Plant misting bottle
  • Plastic bag, transparent, and large enough to hold the seeding flat or pot
  • Heat mat
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    • 1

      Mix together equal parts of the sand, coco peat and perlite; pour the mixture into the seeding flat or planting pot. Pack the soil down firmly with your hands.

    • 2

      Plant the entire crimson king fruit 1 inch deep into the planting mix and cover lightly with soil.

    • 3

      Mist the soil with the plant misting bottle until the soil is completely wet, and allow the excess water to drain from the bottom of the flat or pot.

    • 4

      Place the flat or pot into a plastic bag and close it with a twist tie or rubber band.

    • 5

      Place the bagged flat or pot into the refrigerator and allow it to remain there for 90 to 140 days.

    • 6

      Remove the flat or pot from the refrigerator and set on a heating mat, set to 70 degrees. Mist the soil to maintain moisture and mist the seedlings daily when they appear.

    • 7

      Seedlings are ready to be transplanted when they have 4 leaves.

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