Cherry Seeds - Mahaleb
(Prunus mahaleb) Zones 5-7. Deciduous.
Mahaleb is an ideal cherry when used as a root stock for other grafted varieties. It is best suited for sandy soils.
Fruit is reminiscent of Chokecherry and although it is not highly desired to eat, Mahaleb will attract many birds and is beautiful when flowering.
This Cherry originates from the Eastern Mediterranean its name comes from halib, Arabic for milk. Mahaleb Cherry flowers are white!
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Cold Hardiness: Zones 5 - 7
Size: Medium Tree
Growth Rate: Medium
Nitrogen Fixer: No
Native Plant: No
Germination: 50 - 70%
Sun requirements: Full Sun - Partial Shade
Soil Requirements: Loamy, moist, well draining. Drought resistant.
- Soak Seeds 24 hrs. Replace water and soak for another 24hrs. Adding 1tsp lemon juice to water, both times, can improve penetration.
- Follow with 60 days warm, moist stratification, followed by 120 days cold, moist stratification. For more information on stratification, check out our article "How To Start Your Tree Seeds".
*If you are doing the cold period in your fridge, please check on your seeds. 120 days is an estimate & they may sprout sooner!*
- Plant stratified seeds in pots or a nursery bed using standard potting soil. Heat mats are NOT required & can hinder germination!
- Protect young tree seedlings from slugs, cutworms & rodents. Slugs especially can eat primary leaves as soon as they come up, so be vigilant!
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Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia.