I figured if I grew them from seed I wouldn't mourn their passing if they don't make it. I've got one that I grew from seed last year that's about a foot high.
I'll pick some for you. Probably still get volunteers from the ones I can't reach.
Thanks Shari! I will e-mail you.
What is the best way to plant dogwood seeds - plant the whole berry? I have one tree, would like to make more.
You could just plant the seed in the ground, but you'd probably have better success raising seedlings and then planting them once they got to be a decent size, the next fall. The tiny seedlings are vulnerable to being stepped on, mowed, being a victim of drought, etc.
A dogwood berry is a drupe, like a cherry, with the seed inside. You can remove the pulp or not. I put the drupes in a plastic sandwich bag with moist potting medium and let them sit in the refridgerator for 3 months. Then I pot up the seed in spring. The drupes require a cold spell to break the dormancy of the seed embryo.
Is this the procedure for American Beautyberry, which looks like a drupe to me?
Beautyberries root easily from softwood cuttings, so that's another way to get more. I'd say seeds and cuttings are equally easy.
Alicia, let me know if you don't get enough from Shari... Between my three dogwood trees, I have OODLES I'll happily share.