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When does Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree) set seed?


 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:23 pm    Post subject: When does Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree) set seed? Reply with quote

Hi,

I was wondering when Arbutus unedo sets its seeds?
Do they need any special treatment for propagation?

Thanks,

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Propagation of the Strawberry Tree Through Seed (Arbutus
unedo)
http://www.fspublishers.org/ijab/past-issues/IJABVOL_7_NO_3/30.pdf

Breaking Seed Dormancy of Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo)
http://www.fspublishers.org/ijab/past-issues/IJABVOL_12_NO_1/9.pdf

It is in leaf all year, in flower from October to December, and the seeds ripen from October to December. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More here on this very site....... The Killarney Strawberry tree ... Arbutus unedo .. Caithne

Blooming time is when the mature fruits from the previous years flowers become ripe. The lazy devils take 12 months to ripen from yellow thru pink to red, but what a show they produce when displayed in tandem with the self-fertile flowers.

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Seed is best surface sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe.
Stored seed should be soaked for 5 - 6 days in warm water and then surface sown in a shady position in a greenhouse or coldframe.
Do not allow the compost to become dry.
6 weeks cold stratification helps.
The seed usually germinates well in 2 - 3 months at 20°c.
Seedlings are prone to damping off disease, they are best transplanted to individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and should be kept well ventilated.
Grow them on in a greenhouse for their first winter and then plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts.

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