Spring time — and it’s time to germinate your lucerne tree seeds!
Over the many years that we have germinated our lucerne tree seeds, we have come across evidence that birds, snails, slugs, hares and crickets have nibbled the delicious sprouting seeds’ leaves, leaving only a little stem sticking up out of the ground. Often this spells disaster for that little plant! Even pets can cause damage to vulnerable seed beds by having access.
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Some practical advice if you are germinating seeds in a seed bed:
- Germinate your seeds in a protected area, fenced off.
- Cover the seed bed with shade cloth to keep out birds and hares.
- Sprinkle snail bait around the seed bed every week. Remember to refresh your snail bait after rains and weekly irrigation.
If you germinate in seed trays, try the following:
- Place your seed trays off the ground, such as on a plank resting on a few bricks or on a table, so that snails can’t get to them.
- Drape shade cloth over the seed trays so that birds don’t nibble the sprouting leaves.
- Create a shade cloth nursery.
Please follow our germination instructions as exactly as described. It is our tried and tested and re-tested method that provides the best germination results. You can download our instructions here – Germination Instructions. Place your order for a fresh batch of lucerne tree seeds in packs of 100s or 1000s here – Orders.