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Why did my A. palmatum seeds germinate this year?

Posted by michael_in_chicago z5 (My Page) on
Sun, May 25, 08 at 12:00

Strange question, but I've had this A. palmatum dissectum 'Waterfall' for years (8?), and it's made seeds for years, but this spring I've found at least 8 little seedlings. The only thing I can see being different is that we had almost continual snow cover this winter for the first time.

The differences in each are interesting, even with only 2 true leaves. What are the pros and cons to letting them grow on?

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RE: Why did my A. palmatum seeds germinate this year?

Japanese maple germination can be very slow and irratic. It can take 1-5 years for the seeds to germinate. I think it's fun to collect the seedlings and see what you get. The true leaves will show up next year. There is no harm in letting them grow a year. If you like them you can transplant them to another location in you garden or a pot next year. I have a lot of beautiful seedlings.

RE: Why did my A. palmatum seeds germinate this year?

Thanks for the response. Perhaps something to look forward to.

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