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My Magnolia has set seeds for the first time this year. Normally the seed pods just fall off but this year they have ripened on the tree. They are bright red, I am going to try to grow some on. Has anyone any ideas on the best way. Especially as the magnolia came from your side of the pond originally there must be someone who has tried it.At least I hope so.
Magnolia seeds must be scarified. The outside shell is very hard and moisture will not penetrate for germination. You can lightly sand the shell with a file / sanding paper, scrape with a knife, soak for about 30-45 seconds in an acid bath then rinse in clear water - something like that but just cause the shell to become thin enough for water / moisture to get through. Don't get down into the kernal it could damage it and it won't sprout. The seed needs some cold also. After this just plant, watch, hope & Pray. HT