Picea glauca (White Spruce) Seeds
Zones: 2 to 6.
Native to North America.
The White spruce is a beautiful native evergreen tree with a conical form and a narrow crown. It is very winter hardy and grows abundantly in the northern temperate and boreal woods. It is also useful as a landscape specimen, hedge or windbreak and provides food and shelter to wildlife. The needles are blue green with lines of white dots on all sides. Cones are cylindrical and 1.5 – 2.5 inches (3.5 – 5.5 cm) long.
It prefers a sunny site with moist, well drained soil, but is adaptable to other soil types except very dry.
Size: Height 40 to 60 ft; Width 10 to 20 ft.
Stratification: 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 about 1/8 inch deep and cover lightly. Water gently so as not to wash away the seeds. Keep soil moist but not wet.