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JUNIPERUS virginiana

Eastern Red Cedar

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Family: Cupressaceae

Characteristics: Shrub or tree 5-20 m spread 4 m

Seeds per packet: 30

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Juniperus virginiana is a fast growing dense plant with a stout erect branching stem with a densely texture crown.

Needle like leaves 1 cm long on juvenile plants with typical conifer scale like overlapping leaves on mature plants.

On poorer soils it will often take the form of a shrub rather than a tall tree.

Native to North America.

Adaptable to most moist soils in an open sunny position, frost resistant but drought tender.

Cold stratification is recommended for this species. This can be replicated by cold stratification in the refrigerator or alternatively over wintering in the garden in cold climates will assist germination.

Cold treatment is not critical for germination to occur but should give increased germination rates.

Seed are best sown in spring. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 16-22°C

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the the pores of the mix once watered.
  2. Sprinkle a light covering of the seed raising mix. Do not bury seed deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Ensure the mix is moist but not water logged.
  5. Place the container in plastic bag.
  6. Place the bagged container in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks.
  7. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  8. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  9. Germination generally occurs in 14-28 days when moved to warmer temperatures after the period of cold treatment.

General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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