How to Plant Cedar Seeds


Cedar trees are part of the pine family of trees that includes pine cones and needle-like leaves. Cedar trees also have red-colored bark that has a pleasant fragrance and is often used for cabinetry. Types of cedar trees include the American Arborvitae, Eastern Red Cedar and Red Cedar. Cedar trees also prefer moist soil that is mixed with limestone. If you plan to grow a cedar tree in your yard, expect it to stand out--the tree can grow up to 50 feet tall. The best grown cedar trees are located in areas that receive large amounts of rainfall.

Step 1

Decide on a location to plant your cedar tree seeds. Plant in an area where the soil is already slightly loose and moist. It can be helpful for the irrigation of the roots to plant at least 5 feet near a river, pond or lake.

Step 2

Wash your cedar seeds in cool running water and the place them in an air tight container. Place the container above your refrigerator overnight for the seeds to germinate.

Step 3

Plant the seeds 1/2 inch deep in a pot filled with soil and then sit it on your window sill where there is plenty of sunlight coming through. Water the plant with 1/2 cup water and continue to water once a day until the seedling begins to sprout.

Step 4

Dig a hole outside that is at least 6 inches deep, and then transfer the seedling of the cedar tree to the location outdoors. Cover the hole with the soil that you dug up and make sure the seedling is positioned straight up. Pack the soil down tight so there are no air pockets.

Step 5

Water the seed bed immediately so that the soil is moist at least 1 inch deep. Continue watering the seed bed two to three times a week during the first month of growth. Only water the plant after that once the soil is dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Cedar seeds
  • Pot
  • Container


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