How to Plant Ginko Seeds


Ginko tree is known for its distinctive pyramid form and it branches that comes out of the tree at a 45-degree angle. The ginko seed, in Japan, is considered a food delicacy. The seed however has a terrible smell when crushed, not unlike rancid butter, notes the Mississippi State University. However, the ginko plant presents beautiful colors during the fall, and is an attractive addition to the backyard landscape. Starting ginko from seed requires seed from a female ginko.

Step 1

Collect ginko seed from a female ginko tree in the fall. Wear gloves while collecting to prevent getting the seed coating on your hands. Place collected seeds into a plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator.

Step 2

Place peat moss into a bucket and slowly mix in water, turning the peat moss to ensure it is fully moistened. Squeeze the peat moss into a ball. When it holds the form it is sufficiently wet.

Step 3

Put two handfuls of peat moss into a sealable plastic bag and place five ginko seeds into the mix. Close the bag.

Step 4

Check the seeds in two to three weeks for sprouting. Remove seeds that have produced leaves and roots.

Step 5

Place the seedlings into 4-inch pots filled with potting soil. Water the seedlings to keep the potting soil moist. Mist the plant with a spray bottle after a week. Grow the seedling on for three to four months

Step 6

Harden off the tree by placing it outside for longer periods each day for a week. In spring, plant the seedling in a well-draining soil at the same depth as it was grown in the 4-inch pot.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves Plastic bag Peat moss Bucket Potting soil Pots


  • Ottawa Horticultural Society: Growing Ginkos from Seed
  • Mississippi State University: Plant Ginko Trees for Great Fall Color
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