Pink Albizia (albizia julibrissin)
2 grams(approx 40 seeds) £1.15
5 grams (approx 100 seeds) £1.75
10 grams (approx 200 seeds) £2.50
25 grams (approx 500 seeds) £6.00
50 grams (approx 1000 seeds) £9.75
100 grams (approx 2000 seeds £15.00
Please note that these seeds require pre treatment before they will germinate -please take note of the information below
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Persian Silk Tree (albizia julibrissin)
Germination, Sowing and After Care Information
The first (and easiest) method is place the seeds in a heat proof container and pour hot (not boiling!) water 70-80 degrees Celsius over them and leave them to soak for between 12-24 hours. Seeds that have been successfully pretreated will have swollen to around 3 times their previous size. Remove all swollen seeds as these will be damaged by further pretreatments. These can be sown immediately. This hot water treatment can be repeated up to 3 times, making the water a little hotter each time. Seeds that remain small need to be dried for further treatment.
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 greatly. 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 later
Once the seeds have become swollen with water germination is very rapid if the seeds are kept at room temperature and a root will emerge with a couple of days.
Sow the seeds individually in pots filled with good quality compost at a depth of about 1 cm (just less than ½ an inch) and the plants will appear very quickly if they are kept in warm temperatures. Keep plants weed free and well watered in a warm, sunny position. Growth in the first year can exceed 60cm and large seedlings can be planted in their permanent positions during the dormant season. Smaller seedlings may need another year of growth.