Lucerne trees flower prolifically from mid-winter to early spring (July to September) in abundant, fragrant white flowers. Bees and birds love these flowers — honey farmers — take note! The flowers develop into seed pods, each containing about 6 – 8 seeds. Once brown and dry, the pods split open and the seeds fall out.
To harvest lucerne tree seeds, we prune the branches with their seed pods while they are still unopened and keep them in a store-room until the pods pop open. We hand-pick our seeds from their pods and never use the more commercial means of vacuuming seeds off the ground.
- We sell our excellent quality seeds in packs of 100s or 1000s.
- Seeds are posted as registered mail and we email you the tracking number.
- Germination Instructions and some extra seeds are included in the seed pack.
- Order online on our prices and order page.
Only start the germination process when you are ready to plant your seeds into trays or bags. Only use COARSE RIVER SAND! Do NOT use potting soil, or fertilizers, or manure, or compost to germinate your seeds as the seeds will rot.
- Soak +100 seeds in a bowl filled with hot tap water overnight.
- Some seeds may swell up while other seeds do not. This makes no difference to the seed.
- Plant your soaked seeds in seed trays/ seed beds or individual potting bags the next day.
Germinating seeds in a deep seed trays or seed beds ~
You can plant your soaked seeds in deep seed trays, or plastic crates which have depth for the roots to develop, or you can prepare a raised mound of coarse river sand as a seed bed and sow your soaked seeds directly into the mound.
- Prepare seed trays or seed bed approximately 30cm deep filled with coarse river sand. The tray must have holes for drainage.
- Use a stick & make rows roughly 5mm (0.5cm) deep and place the seeds in these rows & cover lightly with straw or sawdust. The general rule: the seed size = the soil depth for planting.
- Place the straw on top to keep the soil moist for prolonged periods.
- Water lightly regularly & do not to let the soil dry out! This is vital!
- The seeds normally germinate within 15 days and they break the earth with living power and showcase two delightful little leaves. Other seeds may take longer before germinating, so keep your germination seed tray watered and slower seeds may still emerge several weeks later.
- Wait at least 40 days for maximum germination before potting out seedlings into individual potting bags.
- Dig deep beneath the seedling roots, lift the potting soil and lay the seedlings on their sides and gently lift each one out of the potting soil. Do not pull the seedlings up from the tray as this will damage the roots.
- Wait at least 40 days for maximum germination before potting out seedlings into individual potting bags. Once most of your seeds have germinated and has developed proper leaves, it is ready to be potted out into individual bags filled with well-drained, sand-soil mixture.
- Dig deep beneath the seedling roots, lift the soil in the seed tray under the seedlings and lay the seedlings on their sides near the potting bags. NEVER PULL SEEDLING UP OUT OF THE SOIL. This damages their fine hair roots and the plant will die.
- Use a dibber (a pointed stick to make a hole in the soil) and prepare a hole in the potting bag’s soil. Wiggle the dibber around to make the hole in the soil wide and deep enough.
- Gently lift each seedling out of the germination sand and place the roots in the hole in the potting bag, and gently press the sand around the seedling.
- Water immediately and then water regularly lightly, but be careful not to over-water. These trees do not like to stand in wet soil. Micro sprayers are excellent as they give a fine mist and will gently water your little saplings.
- Only plant small trees out into the land when they have sturdy stems and are about 40cm – 60cm high. The stems should be as thick as a pencil.
- Keep the remaining sand even if the seeds did not germinate. Keep watering for several weeks. The slower seeds will still germinate!
Download the instructions ~ Germination Instructions
The Life is in the Seed!
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