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i have some green hawthorn berries. can i use them, or do i need ripe ones? ... what is sharp sand? (is that what you said?)
nutcutlet

you need ripe red ones. put them in a pot, some say remove the red stuff but I don't. Cover with some compost and I use grit to hold it all down and prevent algae growth. Leave it outside for the weather to do it's stuff  and they will germinate in spring

I got seeds from a plant that i found in my woods that i am almost sure is hawthorn. It does not have thorns on the plant though. But it has the same leaves and berry. I thought it might be a crabapple but with the berry i have you can squeeze the seeds out like you did here. It isnt like an apple. But ththe seeds are smaller and there are multiple seeds in each berry. Any ideas?
Dovefromabove

Hawthorns have just the one seed in each berry. 

Can you show us a photo of the seeds you have, and the plant with a closeup of it's leaves if possible?

Im new to this site, how would i go about posting the pictures so you could see?

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fidgetbones

Click on the tree icon on the tool bar, select a photo, upload, save.

Will the hawthorn grow for the following spring, as some sites are saying they take 18months to germinate?

thanks

Will the hawthorns grow for next spring, as some sites are saying it takes 18 months for them to germinate?

nutcutlet

If I sow when they're ripe and fresh they generally germinate the following spring. But don't chuck them if they don't, they may come the next spring

They sow themselves in my garden.  I've just dig up two and planted them in the paddock across the road along the stream.   If they decide to grow they'll be great for wildlife and can get as big as they want.

nutcutlet

Mine seed themselves. I only know how long they take from nut/berry sowings with the kids

A friend gave me some hawthorn bush seeds. they are very dry. What would be the best way to plant and grow them

Dovefromabove
nutcutlet wrote (ee)

you need ripe red ones. put them in a pot, some say remove the red stuff but I don't. Cover with some compost and I use grit to hold it all down and prevent algae growth. Leave it outside for the weather to do it's stuff  and they will germinate in spring

If they're viable that will do the trick, but you may have to wait until Spring 2015 for them to shoot if they've not been kept out in the cool and damp.  

Or you can get some more seed next autumn to hedge your bets 

(little gardening joke there ......... sorry, couldn't resist )

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