Common Gorse, Furze, Whin (ulex europaeus)
Seed Prices -currently unavailable, new crop in July 2019
0.5 gram (approx 99 seeds) £0.99
1 gram (approx 198 seeds) £1.45
2 grams(approx 396 seeds) £2.10
5 grams (approx 990 seeds) £3.50
10 grams (approx 1980 seeds) £4.95
25 grams (approx 4950 seeds) £11.00
50 grams (approx 9900 seeds) £19.50
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Germination, Sowing and After Care Information for
Common Gorse (ulex europeaus)
The first (and easiest) method is place the seeds in a heat proof container and pour boiling water over the seeds and leave them for 30 seconds followed by immediate immersion in cold water. Drain away the water and the seeds are ready to be sown.
The remaining method is to physically breakthrough the seed coat by cutting or (k)nicking the edge of the seed with a knife or using a file or even rubbing them between layers of fine sandpaper. All of these methods can be used to break through the seed coat.
Once you have done this soak the seeds in cold water for 12-24 hours and successfully treated seeds will have imbibed water and swollen. Any that have not could be scarified again followed by another water soak.
Sow all the seeds, even those that remain small as they may germinate much later (perhaps years later), the seeds are very long lived and can remain viable in the field for 30 years.
Sow in pots or seed trays of good quality compost at a depth of about 2 cm (just less than 1 inch) The seed usually germinates in under 4 weeks at 15-20°c. It is important that temperatures or not greatly higher than this or germination will be reduced. The roots are delicate and seedlings should be individually potted up as soon as possible since plants quickly become intolerant of root disturbance.
Plant them out into their permanent positions in late summer if they have made sufficient growth, otherwise in late spring of the following year.
Common Gorse tolerates (and often thrive best in) poor soils and growing conditions. In cultivation they need little care and are very tough and resistant.