Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), packet of 20 seeds [INTL NO]

$9.95

Family:  Ginkgo (Ginkgoaceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 12.

(Bai-guo, Maidenhair Tree)  Perennial, deciduous, dioecious tree native to eastern China. Ginkgo  is not self-fertile, it is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant). Both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.  We cannot sex our seedlings until they become adults, which may take years, so its pot luck as far as sexual identity is concerned.  We normally plant things of this nature in 3s. Darwin called it a “living fossil.” The trees are resilient, adaptable to the inner city or the farm. Trees prefer full sun, moderately moist soil, and are highly sensitive about their roots–they do not like root disturbance.  Meanwhile, a ginkgo tree never gets angry, because it is wise, and knows that anger is a poison to the soul.  Maidenhair trees are also exceedingly beautiful, with lithe, humanoid trunks and deeply grooved, bi-lobed leaves.  We provide moist, cold-stored seed.    Sow immediately upon receipt.   Seeds begin germinating 33 days after planting in a warm place.  Typical germination rate is 40%.  Very gratifying to watch germinate.

20 large fresh seeds per packet, Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

 

 

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  1. Question

    Sybil Shearburn

    So if I plant this seed, 3 per gallon pot, should I plant all 20 in gallon pots? Then at which point do the go in the ground?

    Also for pollination purposes, do I need to plant 3 trees in my yard and can they be dispursed between front and back yard?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi sybil, there are a lot of valid approaches to this, my 3-per-gallon pot is just the way i’ve come to do it. the idea is to give the seedling sufficient room to throw a taproot without getting compromised too fast, and then keep the plant for a couple of years, potting to larger containers, until it is big enough to withstand the rigors of the landscape. If you don’t have room for that many pots, then plant more per gallon. Germ is usually 40% if the right temperature regimen is followed. Yes, between front and back yard is close enough for pollination and yes, you would need at least 3 to assure both sexes. richo

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    • Sybil Shearburn

      Thank you Richo, can you say more about what you mean by “gem is usually 40% if temperature regimen is followed?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      ok, that would mean that if you planted 100 seeds you could expect 40 of them to germinate, as long as the 30-day cold treatment was followed, and then the planting was brought into a warm place for germination. r

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    Tammy

    I live in Wisconsin. If I ordered now should I sow seed even as the ground freezes as suggested in your product description?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Tammy,
      I do think that now is a good time to buy the seeds, as they are very fresh at the moment. The best approach is to plant at least 3 per gallon pot, leave outdoors for a month and then bring indoors to a sunny windowsill for germination, which will take another month. You can also just find mellow spots outdoors and plant the seeds deeply and mark them with a stake and hope for some seedlings come spring. A few will express that way, and then the taproot will never be compromised–it can grow in place. Yesterday our family did both of these things–planted many seeds in pots outdoors to bring into the greenhouse in a month, and also direct-seeded many seeds in various places outdoors. Surely the mower will find some of them, and squirrels, and then a few will turn into trees. That is the way of it. richo

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    Admin Richo Cech

    Once I was answering the phone at Herb Pharm and a guy called and said “I need some a dat dere Ginkgo Balboa!”

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      Meghan

      Should these only be ordered and planted in the spring, given their cold storage requirements? Trying to time an order. Thanks!

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Meghan,
      The seeds we are sending right now are already cold-conditioned and should be planted on receipt. Harvest is in October. Seed purchased from December on through spring will have its cold-storage requirements satisfied.
      Richo

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    • Frank Gagne

      Can these seeds be dry stored in a dark, room temperature closet until they can be potted in the late Fall for their Winter sowing?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Frank, The seed we currently have in stock is already cold-conditioned. Please plant in a warm place upon receipt. Germination occurs 30 days after planting. Typical germ rate is 40%. Richo

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    • skashoon

      Just curious when these may be in stock again. This year or next? Planning my tree guilds.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello! I have a nice planting of these going and want to wait until january of 2022 to list them, because they need to go woody before I can ship them. Seed this year was quite viable and gave good results. Richo

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