London (change)
Today 11°C / 4°C
Tomorrow 10°C / 6°C
11 messages
06/04/2013 at 16:30

I know someone here will have an answer to this, I am due to move house over the summer, only over the road into my Father-in-Law's old house, so not far, and can do most of it gradually.  I have a  huge rowan tree in my garden, that is like an old friend, it provides shade in summer, and is home to a cheeky blackbird and his missus, who tells me off every time I go out to the patio.  This year it, and my bird feeder, have kept many birds alive through this awful winter.

I'd like to take a cutting of my old friend, so I can have one of her children in my new garden.  Could someone tell me how to do this?  There are no self-seeded saplings I can see (unlike the holly bush that grows near it and keeps popping up on the patio), there were loads of berries but the birds have had nearly all of them.  So how do I do it?  I'm assuming a cutting would be the way to go?

06/04/2013 at 16:51

Never heard of anyone getting a cutting to root. Seed is best (if you can beat the birds to it). They need stratifying to get them to germinate. Otherwise if it is a special form then they are normally grafted on to the common Sorbus species.

06/04/2013 at 18:52

I never get seedlings from my rowan. I wonder why that is. All the other native (or introduced a long time ago) trees do. Maybe they don't germinate having been through the birds. But I would have thought they'd have died out by now if that was the case.

06/04/2013 at 19:17
11/09/2014 at 00:59

what is ' stratifying ' the seeds mean ?

as you can I am a complete novice at this, although I am a pensioner.

My neighbour has a superb Rowen tree that he neglects. He said I could some seeds if I want them. But how do you grow them ? 

11/09/2014 at 07:16

Rowan seeds require light sandy soil and exposure to a least one winter chilling , they often take 18 months to germinate. I recommend you put the seed tray in the most exposed part of your garden where it will be well frosted.

11/09/2014 at 07:18

Hi oldtimer, stratification means that the seed needs a period of cold before it will germinate.  A seed falling to the ground will need to overwinter before it pops up in the spring (or later).

I have lived in this house for nearly 30 years and have only had two rowan seedlings. You could try sowing the seeds in a pot of well draining compost and leave in a corner of the garden over winter. Good luck.

11/09/2014 at 07:46

I've got a seedling here - about to plant it out. It had obviously self seeded before I moved in - late winter 2013. Rowans are very common round here - but we certainly don't have sandy soil! It had found a site that suited it well enough though.

I think I'd try as many seeds as possible to give the best chance - might need to net some off from the birds to achieve that!  

11/09/2014 at 08:52

Hi oldtimer

You can also mimic stratification

I/ You only need frost to break down the outer covering so the seed has a chance of germinating, swiss sue`s first link shows you how to do that without frosting

2/ You can put the seeds in a fridge for 2 months with a temp between 1deg and 5deg, if you get a mild winter it might not germinate , this way you are ensuring that you have 2 months of dormancy, and when sowed in a seed tray keep it somewhere shaded

11/09/2014 at 09:21

I've had two rowan seedlings pop up in one year, which is strange as there aren't any rowan trees nearby and they're popping up under a cherry tree? guess the birds have been making deposits! 

22/09/2014 at 21:51

Thanks for the help good people.

I will try and see if I can some to germinate using your methods. It's such a great tree I really would like to try  and get one in my garden.

A thought !!!!!!!  maybe it's a such a good tree because he neglects it.

email image
11 messages