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WANTED: Dogwood berries

Posted by alicia7b z7b/8aNC (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 1, 05 at 11:59

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.


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RE: WANTED: Dogwood berries

I'll pick some for you. Probably still get volunteers from the ones I can't reach.

Shari


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RE: WANTED: Dogwood berries

Thanks Shari! I will e-mail you.


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RE: WANTED: Dogwood berries

What is the best way to plant dogwood seeds - plant the whole berry? I have one tree, would like to make more.


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RE: WANTED: Dogwood berries

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.

Good luck!


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RE: WANTED: Dogwood berries

Is this the procedure for American Beautyberry, which looks like a drupe to me?


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RE: WANTED: Dogwood berries

Yes.


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RE: WANTED: Dogwood berries

Beautyberries root easily from softwood cuttings, so that's another way to get more. I'd say seeds and cuttings are equally easy.


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RE: WANTED: Dogwood berries

Alicia, let me know if you don't get enough from Shari... Between my three dogwood trees, I have OODLES I'll happily share.
Jeff


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