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Germination of

Acer saccharum

Sugar Maple - Maple Syrup Tree: Rock Maple, Hard Maple, Sweet Maple, Acer Saccharum

Acer saccharum

Acer saccharum: Acer saccharum, commonly known as the sugar maple, is a tree that is native to North America. The best way to germinate sugar maple seeds is through a process called stratification, which involves exposing the seeds to a period of cold temperatures to simulate winter. Start by soaking the seeds in water for 24 hours, then place them in a plastic bag with some moist peat moss or vermiculite. Seal the bag and place it in the refrigerator for 60-90 days, making sure the medium stays moist. After the cold stratification period, plant the seeds in a potting mix and keep them moist but not waterlogged. The ideal temperature for germination is between 60-75�F (16-24�C). The seeds should start to germinate in 2-3 weeks. Once the seedlings have sprouted, gradually introduce them to more sunlight and continue to keep the soil moist.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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