How to Grow Maple Seeds

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How to Grow Maple Seeds
Maple seeds have good germination rates. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Maple trees, which are part of the Acer family of plants, produce vibrantly coloured red and orange leaves in the fall months. They are also the tree from which maple syrup is obtained. The trees produce many seeds in autumn that you can plant if desired. Most maple tree seeds will germinate quickly with little care other than adequate water. Some maple varieties require cold stratification before planting in the ground.

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Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Clear plastic sandwich bag
  • Peat moss

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    Growing Most Maple Seeds

  1. 1

    Wait until the fall and collect the maple tree fruit that has turned brown and fallen to the ground. For red or silver maples, wait until the spring or early summer and collect the fruit.

  2. 2

    Look for an outdoor location that receives full sunlight and that has well-drained soil. Make sure there are no overhanging limbs or power lines that will get tangled in the branches of the mature maple tree.

  3. 3

    Dig a hole that is 1 inch deep and insert one maple fruit into the hole. Cover the hole with additional soil.

  4. 4

    Water the ground thoroughly immediately after planting.

    Growing Sugar Maple or Norway Maple Seeds

  1. 1

    Collect the fruit from the maple tree depending on what time of year it ripens.

  2. 2

    Fill a clear sandwich bag with 1 cup peat moss and enough water to moisten the moss. Insert the fruit into the bag and seal it.

  3. 3

    Place the bag inside a refrigerator that maintains a temperature of 33 to 41F for sugar maples and leave it there for 40 to 90 days. Maintain a temperature of 41F for Norway maples and leave the bag inside the refrigerator for 90 to 120 days.

  4. 4

    Remove the bag from the refrigerator and take it to the desired planting location with full sun and well-drained soil. Dig a 1-inch-deep hole and insert the fruit into the hole. Fill in the top of the hole with soil.

  5. 5

    Water immediately until the ground is thoroughly wet.

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