Increasing Japanese Red Maple Trees and shrubs from Seed

Japanese reddish colored maple trees are several of the very prized ornamental plant life for several plant lovers. Landscapers absolutely love them, plus the wide assortment associated with Japanese maples helps to ensure that right now there is a one associated with these gorgeous trees appropriate for just about any kind of garden, large or little.

Because there are the lot of varieties, this is important to understand a minimum of the little bit about the particular botanical names of Japan maples so you’ll understand what to look with regard to in a nursery. Typical names can differ, but Latina names can help a person determine exactly what type of Japanese maple woods you are buying. Avoid be intimidated because a possibility as difficult as this may sound.

Let’s start with the botanical title for any maple woods, which is Acer. Any kind of maple tree in the nursery is going in order to be identified as a good Acer, be it a Western maple, a sugar walnut or a Norway walnut.

The botanical name pertaining to a Japanese maple shrub is Acer palmatum, whilst a weeping laceleaf Western maple with very great, narrow leaves is known as an Acer palmatum dissectum. A Japanese red walnut tree will be determined as Acer palmatum Atropurpureum.

It is actually simple to grow Japanese maples from seed, but the particular seeds do need the pretreatment process before they may be planted. And not many Japanese maple seeds may develop to be specifically like their parent seed.

Both the Acer palmatum and the Acer palmatum Atropurpureum can be produced from seed, while the particular Acer palmatum dissectum can be propagated through grafting. Many Japanese maples will generate seeds once they are usually mature, which can consider up to ten yrs in some cases. Yet growing Japanese maple trees and shrubs from seed will not really ensure that the baby plants will grow up in order to become exactly like the particular parent plant. If the laceleaf Japanese maple creates seeds at all, the seedlings are most most likely to produce ordinary Acer palmatum seedlings. To recreate a weeping laceleaf Western maple, it must end up being grafted.

Seeds collected through a Japanese maple along with green leaves, which would certainly be an Acer palmatum, will produce seedlings along with green leaves. Now there might be nothing wrong with the green Acer palmatum, yet it isn’t generally the particular most desirable kind associated with Japanese maple. However, the green Japanese maple plant makes good rootstock that may be use for grafting the few of the better, more desirable varieties on to it.

However, if a person collect and grow seed products from the Japanese walnut with red leaves, a good Acer palmatum Atropurpureum, there might be a good chance that will many of those baby plants may have red simply leaves. Some may keep their own red leaves throughout the particular spring and most through the summer, but Japan red maple trees developed from seed do have a tendency to lose some associated with their bright color since the season progresses.

If a person want to try your own hand at growing the Japanese red maple woods from seed, the 1st thing you have to do is discover some seeds. Keep a good eye out for the Japanese maple that maintains its red colorization all through the growing season. Seed products from such a woods may have the greatest odds of producing baby plants with red leaves.

You might find a nice red Japan maple in a the next door neighbor’s yard, inside a cemetery, or even perhaps the local collection or your bank might have one growing within their landscape. Wherever a person find a tree, constantly ask the owner regarding permission before gathering the particular seeds. Chances are these people will accept let a person collect some of the particular seeds.

The seeds ought to be collected only right after they are ripe. The majority of Japanese maple trees create seeds that ripen within the fall, but right now there are several varieties that will will ripen and fall their seeds within the particular spring. Observe the shrub closely to determine whenever its seeds ripen plus are ready to end up being collected.

The seeds associated with the Japanese maple shrub look much like the particular seeds of every other walnut tree, only smaller. Walnut tree seeds would end up being the “helicopter” seeds kids want to play with in order to watch them spin in order to the ground. When the particular seeds are ripe, their particular wings will begin in order to dry and turn dark brown.

Collect the ripe seed products and clean them simply by breaking off the small wing that is connected to each seed. The particular wing is not important for germination; it can be there simply to enable the seed to take off to the ground.

Just before the seeds can germinate, they need to proceed through a pretreatment process. This kind of as the seeds associated with many other ornamental plant life, Japanese maple seeds have got a hard outer layer that must be melted before moisture can sink into the seed and start the germination process. Yet until it is period to start the pretreatment process, the seeds may be stored in the dry place at area temperature.

Try to period the entire germination procedure so that after the seed products are stratified, they may be rooted outside in the springtime after the danger associated with frost has passed. In order to get the timing correct, pick the date on the calendar when the risk of frost has usually passed for your region, and count backwards upon the calendar the whole number of days the particular seeds will be within both the 70-day chilly stratification and the 90-day warm stratification. Mark that will day on your work schedule to start the pretreatment process.

Pretreating the seed products is a very easy process. Simply place the particular cleaned seeds in the small container, then fill up the container with comfortable or hot plain faucet water and allow all of them to soak within the particular water for about twenty-four hours. Do not obtain caught up in attempting to find an ideal heat for the water. A few professionals in the seeds industry insist that the particular water must be as warm as your morning espresso, while others say lukewarm water about the heat of the baby container will do the secret simply fine. As the drinking water sits, it will progressively cool to room temperatures while the seeds saturate in it.

Once the particular seeds have been pretreated, they are prepared in order to move on to the particular next step in the particular germination process. Get several peat moss and several sand in roughly similar parts – it would not have to be specific. Moisten this mixture, yet do not get this soaking wet. Then location the damp mixture in to a small plastic zip-top handbag and mix in the particular pretreated seeds. Seal the particular bag so it keeps the moisture inside, plus store it at area temperature for 90 times. This will be the warm stratification for the particular seeds. Keep bag aside from sunlight therefore the particular light doesn’t heat upward the bag and prepare the seeds inside.

Right after the bag has already been stored at room temperatures for 90 days, it could then be placed within the refrigerator for one more 70 days. This 70-day period will simulate winter for the seeds, plus is referred to since cold stratification. Be cautious to not keep the particular bag too far within the back of the particular refrigerator where it may freeze, because freezing will certainly slow down and even quit the stratification process. The particular seeds need to stay cold, but not freezing.

As the seeds are usually still in the handbag of moist peat plus sand, check them sometimes to see if any kind of have begun to develop. Any seeds that possess begun to sprout will certainly have a little white-colored “tail” peeking out through the seed, which is usually a root that offers begun to grow. In case more than 10 percent of the seeds have got begun to sprout, they will should all be rooted right away, even when they will must be planted inside in a flat.

In the event that you can see simply no sprouted seeds on the finalization of the 70-day frosty stratification process, remove the particular bag from the fridge and keep it with room temperature for a couple times, out of direct sunshine. Often times the warmth will certainly stimulate the seeds in order to begin sprouting. Every part of the seeds possess sprouted, they can most be planted out.

In order to plant the seeds, select a location for the particular seedlings and spread the particular mixture of peat, fine sand and seeds on best of the soil, after that sprinkle some really good potting ground over this. The guideline of thumb for growing depth of seeds is usually to plant them two times the length of the particular seed, so if the particular Japanese maple seeds are usually 1/8” long, they ought to be planted no a lot more than 1 / four inch deep. If grown too deeply, they might not grow.

Once the particular seeds are planted these people should be watered completely, but the soil surface area ought to be allowed to dried out before the seeds are usually watered again. The temperature of the sun plus the soil is important to the germination procedure, so the soil requirements to be dry plus warm up a little bit before between watering. Nevertheless, the soil should not really be allowed to turn out to be too dry as this particular will minimize the increasing process.

Japanese maple trees and shrubs prefer to grow within at least some color, so once the baby plants have begun to develop you will have in order to provide them with a few shade. Dappled shade intended for the first couple associated with months or even the full year of development will prevent the soft young leaves from sizzling.

Once the seedlings possess some size to all of them, after a full yr or even two, these people can be dug upward while dormant and transplanted to their permanent area.


  1. Zach P.

    you can’t compare tomatoes to peppers. tomatoes certainly have million more
    benefits than peppers. besides that you can’t eat peppers all day long. 

  2. MzGypsysEmporium

    YAY! you should be called the happy gardener!

  3. Lynda Jones

    I love the expression and enthusiasm you put into your videos : )

  4. barrelroll

    I like your energy

  5. Jack Billington

    4:20 love it! I just started getting into gardening,and I have about 6-7
    pepper plants and only 2 types of tomato,peppers win! sadly though the
    tomato plant is starting to produce,waiting impatiently on my peppers

  6. vidadrumgirl

    I can my own sauce, so tomatoes win. Great video, thanks for sharing.

  7. Zane wv

    Tomatoes taste so much better

  8. aaronCapricorn

    you could make a defense weapon with all that pepper

  9. fuad said

    I have a serrano pepper plant and a anaheim pepper plant and a cherry

  10. Haleene Williams

    Man if your not stoned I would be shocked, but yet you probble don’t spend
    allot of time being high since there is way too much work to do in your
    garden and be stoned too. Not going to happen, unless something in your
    life has changed your garden growing…

  11. omniXenderman

    smoky type peppers are actualy chipotle and it is a way to prepair peppers
    not a cultivar of peppers

  12. Stevie Schewski

    Dude nice, you got a german T-shirt.

  13. John Sablan

    Chew Habanero Pepper and then eat pussy……your chick will burn and
    melt………*so do NOT try it!*

  14. host47

    i can tell he’s high 1:27 into the video, and i haven’t read any comments

  15. Yael L. Berman

    Lol. "Ají dulce" means "sweet pepper". :)

  16. pily

    Pepper freak! 

  17. OakTreeVibrations

    How appropriate that your wearing a VW shirt while talking about 4:20…I
    knew you were a hippie!

  18. D Pagne

    hahaha ur a stonner.. lol anyway im from a tropical country n thinkin
    about starting a veg or herb garden can u please give me 3-5 easy plants to
    start my lil garden with n tips.. thanks :)

  19. Ginny Ward

    Very exciting. Peppers grow better here in Texas than tomatoes anyhow. I
    will still grow tomatoes but cherry tomatoes way easier and better in
    salads for me… Peppers are healthy and add wonderful color even in
    containers 🙂 ! Thanks for the video!! Jalapeno peppers are awesome
    filled w cream cheese and wrapped in bacon-then grilled…not as healthy
    this way but from time to time awesome appetiser! Cheers :)!

  20. carriellbee

    Our favorite number… LOL

  21. didanhtennis

    John, did you try growing pepper plants in the Tower Garden project? I
    like to grow more peppers too. Thanks

  22. emmahzification

    "so to conclude this video" 6 minutes later…

  23. Smokin James

    Great video John!
    I agree growing peppers is a lot cooler than tomato’s!
    I grow and eat hot peppers and do hot pepper reviews.
    A little info though. The seeds are not what make the pepper hot; it’s the
    placenta and the oils created by the placenta.

  24. martysgarden

    Thanks Jon, I will take a deeper look into this and purchase Heirloom
    Peppers, which we also call Capsicum here in Australia.
    Happy Gardening
    Marty Ware

  25. Keepskatin

    Well,tomatoes are more expensive than peppers and taste better.Peppers are
    actually toxic,like all nightshade plants the higher the Scoville level the
    higher the toxicity.Our bodies are resistant to some extent.Eating habanero
    or Jolokia(ghost pepper) daily will damage your stomach lining and other
    health problems will occur also.It varies in the amount you eat and from
    person to person.Workers in garlic and chilli pepper mills develop asthma
    and respiratory disease also.Tomatoes are just harder to grow and
    maintain,that is why you choose peppers instead,John, haa.I know because I
    tried too.Tomatoes get disease easier than any other plant,and deformed
    harvest too.


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