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It's starting to get cold and since it's almost November, I decided to collect this years seeds. These seeds are from a young Red Japanese Maple, I was surprised in early spring when it put out tiny flowers and seed pods. I have much older maples that have not produced seed yet, so to see a younger tree put out seeds was a pleasant surprise. The total amount of seeds from this tiny tree was about 150+ seeds. I am testing two different methods to see which produces the best yield.

I took 100 seeds and put them in a mix of perlite, sand and peat moss. This bin will stay outside the entire time, trying to see how things letting nature do it's thing.

The other 50 seeds I took and placed them in a dry container and left them in an unheated garage. Going to let them dry out and around December I will begin stratifying. Soak them, bag them and place them in the fridge and see how many viable seedlings I get around Spring time. This process historically has not worked well for me as fungus attacks. It's really hit and miss.

I like to test stuff, so this will be interesting to see, how well one does over the other.

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