Picea abies (Norway Spruce) Seeds
Zones: 2 to 7.
Native to northern and central Europe.
The Norway spruce is a large pyramidal evergreen tree that is suitable for a large lawn or park. It makes an excellent shelter for wildlife and is very effective as a windbreak when planted in a row of multiple trees.
Characteristic of the Norway spruce include branchlets that droop vertically from the main branches, deep green needle-like leaves and pendulous and cylindrical seed bearing cones, which at 4 to 7 inches are the longest of the spruces.
Size: Height 40 to 60 ft; Width 25 to 30 ft.
Stratification: Seeds have a shallow dormancy and are easy to germinate. However, for optimal germination, provide about 30 to 45 days cold, moist stratification at 3° C (37° F) to 5° C (41° F).
- Soak seeds in water for 24 hours.
- Place seeds in sandwich bag(s) with a bit of damp sand or vermiculite to keep moist.
- Place the bag(s) with seeds in refrigerator for about 30 to 45 days.
- After the required time take the seeds out of the refrigerator and sow the seeds in pots 1/8 inch deep and cover lightly. Water gently so as not to wash away the seeds. Keep soil moist but not wet.