Grand Fir (abies grandis)
1 grams (approx 45 seeds) £0.99
2 grams (approx 91 seeds) £1.75
5 grams (approx 229 seeds) £4.00
10 grams (approx 458 seeds) £6.90
25 grams (approx 1145 seeds) £14.50
50 grams (approx 2290 seeds) £25.00
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It has attractive glossy green needles with a silvery white underside. The needles smell strongly of citrus peel when crushed. Makes an attractive ornamental specimen when planted in an open situation in parks and large gardens.
Grows well in a wide variety of sites from heavy clay to light sand but does best in moist soils. It is wind firm but cannot tolerate maritime expose and air pollution. It can also be planted beneath other trees and can tolerate full shade although it will grow more slowly under these conditions.
This species also can make a well proportioned and highly aromatic Christmas Tree and is cultivated in large numbers in North America for this purpose.
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
Grand Fir (abies grandis)
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 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