Large Leaved Lime (tilia platyphyllos)
5 grams (approx 30 seeds £1.25
10 grams (approx 60 seeds) £1.85
25 grams (approx 150 seeds) £2.90
50 grams (approx 300 seeds) £5.50
100 grams (approx 600 seeds) £9.50
250 grams (approx 1500 seeds) £22.00
500 grams (approx 3000 seeds) £40.00
Although these seeds are from a good source they are not approved for forestry use
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It is hardy to US zone 5 and is not frost tender. It flowers during the early summer and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees. The flowers producing an abundance of nectar and a tree in full flower will hum with pollinating insects.
Suitable for a wide range of soils from light, sandy ones through to heavy clay soils. It prefers a well-drained, moist soil but cannot tolerate water logging or very dry soils. Suitable for pH: acid, neutral and alkaline soils. It can grow in semi-shade in light woodland or in full sun.
Its attractive narrowly domed shape and dense foliage make it a popular tree for street planting. It is able to withstand pollution well and trees can be transplanted quite easily, even when quite large. Trees up to 60 years old have been moved successfully. Lime trees are also very long-lived and are amenable to coppicing, pollarding and pleaching where young trees are trained to produce a narrow screen or hedge by tying in and interlacing flexible young shoots to create walks, arbours, tunnels and arches. This species does not produce many suckers
Young leaves can be eaten as salad, and flowers have long been used in continental Europe to make a tea believed to have a calming effect. Lime flower tea is also used widely to ease coughs.
The seeds naturally have a deep dormancy which although is not difficult to breakdown does require a degree of patience. Full details on how to do this are sent with every order.
_Germination, Sowing and After Care Information for
Large Leaved Lime (tilia platyphyllos)
First prepare a free draining substrate into which the seeds are to be mixed, this can be a 50/50 mixture of compost and sharp sand, or perlite, vermiculite. The chosen substrate needs to be moist (but not wet), if you can squeeze water out of it with your hand it is too wet and your seeds may drown and die. Mix the seeds into the substrate, making sure that their is enough volume of material to keep the seeds separated.
Place the seed mixture into a clear plastic bag (freezer bags, especially zip-lock bags are very useful for this -provided a little gap is left in the seal for air exchange) If it is not a zip-lock type bag it needs to be loosely tied. Then write the date on the bag so that you know when the pretreatment was started.
The seeds first require a period of warm pretreatment and need to be kept in temperatures of 20 Celsius (68F) for a period of at least 16 weeks - it is not critical if it lasts a week or two longer than this. During this time make sure that the pretreatment medium does not dry out at any stage or it will be ineffective!
Next the seeds require a cold period to break the final part of the dormancy, this is easily achieved by placing the bag in the fridge at (4 Celsius or 39F) for at least 16 weeks (although it can take as many as 16 weeks for signs of germination to show). It is quite possible for the seeds to germinate in the bag at these temperatures when they are ready to do so, if they do, just remove them from the bag and carefully plant them up.
When the period of pre treatment has finished the seed should be ready to be planted. Small quantities can be sown in pots or seed trays filled with a good quality compost and cover them with a thin layer of compost no more than 1cm deep. For larger quantities it is easiest to sow the seeds in a well prepared seedbed outdoors once the warm and cold pretreatments have finished and wait for the seedlings to appear.
It has also been found that fluctuating pretreatment temperatures can give the best germination results and I have myself had excellent results by keeping the mixed seeds in a cold shed through the winter for the cold stage of their pretreatment and allowing the temperature to fluctuate naturally. Ungerminated seeds can have the whole warm and cold process repeated again to enable more seeds to germinate. Fresh seedlings can keep germinating for up to 5 years after the original sowing date.
Do not expose newly sown seeds to high temperatures (above 25 Celsius). Keep the seedlings well watered and weed free. Growth in the first year is usually between 10 and 50cm depending on the time of germination and cultural techniques and developing seedlings are usually trouble free. Allow them to grow for 1 or 2 years before planting them in a permanent position.