Planting Dogwood Seeds


Dogwoods are a flowering tree native to the Eastern region of the United States. This tree is fairly easy to grow from seed to later transplant outdoors. Rich organic soil, good drainage and proper lighting will assure a beautiful and healthy dogwood tree grown from seed. Seeds are germinated and grown indoors during the winter months and transplanted in the spring.

Step 1

Find a local dogwood tree in your area during the third week of October to the first week of November. Remove the seeds from the limb. You will need around six dogwood seeds.

Step 2

Fill a small glass bowl half-full with warm tap water. Place the dogwood seeds in the bowl and soak them for 2 days. Remove any seeds that have floated to the top of the bowl after 24 hours. These seeds are not viable.

Step 3

Remove the dogwood seeds from the bowl. Carefully scrape the outside red pulp from the dogwood seeds using a small, fine cheese grater.

Step 4

Fill a potting container with 1 part potting soil that has peat mixed in it and 1 part sand. Dig a small hole in the center of the container 1/4 inch deep. Place the dogwood seed in the container. Repeat with as many dogwood seeds you wish to grow in individual containers.

Step 5

Lightly water the containers. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap. Place in a warm location until the dogwood seed sprout appears. Remove plastic wrap.

Step 6

Keep the dogwood seedling indoors. Add liquid 10-10-10 fertilizer to the seedling monthly, according to the manufacturer's directions.

Step 7

Select a location for your dogwood tree seedlings in the spring after all chance of frost has cleared. Dig a hole 1 foot deep. Fill 6 inches of the hole with organic compost, peat and sand mixed in equal parts. Place the seedling in the hole and fill with more of the same mixture.

Step 8

Place 3 to 4 inches of mulch around the base of the dogwood seedling. Stake the dogwood seedling loosely to support it during growth.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't over-water your dogwood seedling or you may experience root rot. Dogwood trees cannot thrive in full shade. Be careful not to bump dogwood trees with lawn mowers. Disease and stunted growth will quickly set in.

Things You'll Need

  • Small glass bowl
  • Tap water
  • Several dogwood seeds
  • Fine cheese grater
  • Potting soil with peat
  • Sand
  • Small planting container
  • Plastic wrap
  • Shovel
  • Tree stake
  • Tree stake tie
  • Compost mixture
  • Mulch


  • University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
  • Tree Help

Who Can Help

  • Nature's Hill Nursery
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About this Author

Daniel Smith graduated from technical school in 1993 and has been writing since 2005. His has written numerous articles for the instructional website called eHow in areas including gardening, home improvement, celebrating special events and health-related topics.