How to Grow Japanese Maples From Seed


Japanese maples have been enthusiastically adopted by many home gardeners. Growing Japanese maples from seed is surprisingly easy. Start by collecting the seeds in late fall when they have turned brown. When the seeds easily fall from the tree then they are ripe and ready for collection.

Step 1

Collect fresh, ripe Japanese maple seeds. Pull off the helicopter wing attached to the actual seed and store the seeds in a paper bag in a cool, dry location. Seeds need to be planted in spring, after all danger of frost has passed.

Step 2

Count back 100 days from the date on which you plan to plant your seeds. On this date place your seeds in a Styrofoam cup and fill the cup with hot tap water. Allow the seeds to soak overnight.

Step 3

Place the seeds in a baggie with a mixture of 50 percent peat moss and 50 percent garden soil which has been dampened but is not too wet. Poke one or two holes in the bag for air circulation and then place the baggie in your refrigerator for 100 days.

Step 4

Rake the top few inches of your planting bed to loosen the soil. Rake in a bit of peat moss, then lay your Japanese maple seeds on top of the soil and lightly cover with about three-eighths of an inch of loose soil. Water well.

Step 5

Install a piece of snow fence above your seed bed to block about half of the sun striking your seedlings. Seedlings like some sun but too much sun can burn them. Allow the ground to dry between waterings--this will keep the seeds warmer and speed up the sprouting process.

Step 6

Allow the seedlings to grow and mature for one or two years before transplanting. Transplant in the fall when the seedlings are dormant.

Things You'll Need

  • Japanese maple seeds
  • Styrofoam cup
  • Peat Moss
  • Baggie
  • Snow fence


  • How to Grow Japanese Maples from Seeds
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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.