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Korean fir - 5 seeds - Abies koreana
Korean fir - 5 seeds - Abies koreana

If you like the appearance of fir trees but do not have much room in your yard, choose the Korean fir. This diminutive conifer does not grow quickly and usually is at most 30 feet tall. An attractive feature is the display of purple cones that appear as the tree begins fruiting. As the season progresses they become tan in color. If your home is located in Zones 5 to 7, this tree should grow well for you. Acidic or neutral soil is favored by the Korean fir. You need to make sure your tree is sited where the soil will drain well. It likes soil that is moist but does not like wet feet, so it will very likely struggle in clay soil. If you live in an urban area, this tree may potentially have some problems since it does not tolerate pollution well.

Seeds of the true fir species are relatively easy to germinate and grow. The dormancy within the seed is short and easily broken. This is achieved by a short period of cold stratification in the fridge.

You can do this by first soaking the seeds in water for 24 hours. Fully drain away all of the water and place the seeds in a zip-lock freezer bag. Place the seeds in the fridge, it is important that during this period that the seeds do not dry out or are waterlogged otherwise the pre-treatment will be ineffective. After between 6 and 8 weeks under these conditions, the seeds are ready to be sown. In general, the seeds will fail to germinate unless treated in this way, simply sowing untreated seeds in compost at room temperature will not break down the dormancy and germination will be disappointing.

Fill your chosen container with a good quality general potting compost. Suitable containers could be plant pots, seed trays or plug trays or even improvised containers with drainage holes. Firm the compost gently and sow the seeds on the surface. If you are sowing in plug trays, sow 2 or 3 seeds per cell. Cover the seeds with a couple of millimeters of vermiculite or failing that a fine layer of sieved compost. Follow with a gentle watering and keep them at room temperature.

Germination will begin a few weeks from sowing. The seedlings are reasonably robust and trouble free and usually grow to a height of between 2 and 5 cm in the first growing season depending on the sowing date and cultural techniques. Densely sown seedlings are at risk from fungal diseases such as “damping off” which can cause a rapid loss of many seedlings.

Developing seedlings should be fine in full sun, keep them well watered and free of competing weeds. Growth will accelerate in the second and subsequent years and the developing young trees should be re-potted as necessary preferably during the dormant season. After perhaps 3 years they are ready to be planted in their permanent position

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