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How to Plant Buckeye Seeds

By Greg Lindberg ; Updated September 21, 2017

The buckeye tree, the state tree of Ohio, produces large seeds that fall from the tree during the fall. It is a simple process to plant buckeye seeds and start the growth of your very own buckeye tree. After two to three years, the buckeye seedling can reach up to six inches and be transplanted. If you have collected an excess amount of seeds, you can also use them for decorations or in baking recipes.

Pull fallen seeds from the tucks. Use seeds that have fallen from a buckeye tree; they fall when they are ripe. Plan on planting your buckeye seeds during the fall season.

Dig a three-inch hole, using a small gardening shovel, in the soil where you want to plant your buckeye tree. Make sure that the soil you use is loose and well-composted.

Place three to five seeds into the hole and fill the hole with soil. Apply at least a three-inch layer of mulch over the seed bed, which will help protect the seeds during the winter.

Remove at least two inches of mulch in the spring. Water the soil each week so that the moisture is at least one inch deep. Never flood the soil.

Apply a one-inch layer of a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer to the seed bed each month. Also, consider adding a screen mesh area over your seed bed if there is an abundance of squirrels in the area.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Buckeye seeds
  • Mulch
  • 10-10-10 fertilizer