How to grow a tree from seed
Growing a tree from a seed needn't be tricky.
You will need
- A tree seed; beechmast, sweet chestnuts, hazelnuts and acorns are often easy to find
- A plant pot with drainage holes in the base
- Some small stones
- Wire mesh
- Bamboo cane (optional)
- Plastic bottle (optional)
What to do
- Put some stones at the bottom of the pot and fill it with compost almost to the top.
- Plant the seeds about 2cm deep, then press down the compost and water it thoroughly.
- Put the pot outside in a shady corner. Cover the top with wire mesh to stop birds and animals getting to the seeds.
- Check it every week to make sure the soil hasn’t dried out. Be careful not to over-water it.
- As the seed starts to sprout in spring, keep an eye on the growth. Re-pot the shoot into larger pots as it grows and once it reaches 40cm find a suitable place to transfer it into the ground.
- If you think it may be at risk from rabbits or mice, you could add protection. Push a bamboo cane into the ground next to the tree, cut the neck and base from a large soft drinks bottle to create a plastic tube. Place it over the cane and sapling and push it into the soil.
- As your seeds start to grow, keep them sheltered during winter to protect them from frost.