Witch Hazel

Question ...

I have collected seed of the Witch Hazel, Hamamelis. Can you tell me if it is possible to grow new plants from this seed and how long does it take for seed to germinate?

Answer ...

Hamamelis seed does need a period of cold 'stratification' to overcome seed dormancy. It will take more than a year before germination takes place. You may speed this process up by placing the seeds in some moist sand in a polythene bag and then put this in the coldest part of your fridge for 4 weeks. Sow the seeds in autumn in a well drained seed compost, keeping the pots outdoors in a cool, shady place.

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