Cherry, Wild Virginia Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), packet of 10 seeds, Organic

$3.95

Family:  Rose (Rosaceae)

Hardy to Zones 2 to 8

(Chokecherry, Eastern Ecotype)  Deciduous woody shrub to 12 feet tall native to the Eastern US and Canada, flowering white, giving way to clusters of ruby fruits that are good for wildlife and humans to eat.  Ripe fruits very strong cherry flavor, sweet.  Plant prefers shade to sun and rich, moist to mesic soils.  Leaves a source of hydrocyanic acid that can be toxic to ruminants–do not allow goats and horses, etc. to eat this plant.  Traditional medicinal use of the berries and inner bark (Native American, TWM):  decongestant and antispasmodic used for treating sore throat, colds, fevers and especially cough.  Dried de-seeded fruits a common ingredient of pemmican.  Excellent on cereal or as an ingredient in baked goods.  The tree is a good choice for shelterbelts with high value for wildlife, food and medicine.  Seeds are fresh and cold-stored.  Sow as soon as possible after receipt.  Some seeds germinate first spring and the rest after 2 vernal cycles.  Plant in gallon pots and keep cool, moist and shaded, and do not prematurely discard, induction period of 18 months not unusual.  Winter freezing is not a problem.  After the seedlings reach sufficient size, transplant to individual pots and grow on for a year before planting out to landscape.  Place bushes 10 feet apart.

10 seeds per packet, Certified Organically Grown

 

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    Joanna Higginbotham (verified owner)

    how deep should I sow the seeds?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Joanna,
      Best to use standard rules–sow as deep as the seed is tall.
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    • Joanna Higginbotham (verified owner)

      All 10 seeds were already sprouted when I opened the packet (November). I planted them in cups. Since they were already sprouted, should I leave them outside to freeze or bring them in for the winter?
      Zone 7

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Joanna,
      These need to be left indoors to make aerial parts which can be hardened off once they are woody.
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