Pacific Silver Fir (abies amabalis)
1 gram (approx 21 seeds) £1.25
2 grams (approx 43 seeds) £1.75
5 grams (approx 108 seeds) £3.00
10 grams (approx 216 seeds) £5.75
25 grams (approx 540 seeds) £12.50
50 grams (approx 1080 seeds) £20.00
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When grown in an open position, the tree clothes itself to the ground with gracefully drooping branches. A very ornamental tree that is gaining wider popularity as premium quality Christmas trees
It is an extremely shade-tolerant tree and can live for long periods as a suppressed understory tree before changing forest conditions allow it the chance to develop fully. Most suited to growing in cool, moist climates on deep, well-drained soils it can however tolerate summer drought but needs on adequate moisture during the early growing season.
A tall growing species ultimately capable of growing up to 30m (98ft) It is generally considered not long lived and cannot tolerate atmospheric pollution.
For germination, the seeds require a period of moist pre-chilling also known as stratification before the seeds should be sown, this takes around 6 weeks in the fridge and is not difficult to do!
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Germination, Sowing and After Care Information for
European Silver Fir (abies alba)
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 millimetres 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 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