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white cedar seed
« on: September 06, 2019, 09:47:19 AM »
My white cedar trees around the yard have a lot of seed this year.  When is the proper time to harvest them?  Hoping to get some started in low areas at my place.
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Re: white cedar seed
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2019, 03:50:00 PM »
Soon I would think. The cones will turn brown before drying and opening to release seed.

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Re: white cedar seed
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2019, 09:53:58 PM »
As the cones ripen they turn from a greenish yellow to more and more brown. You should be fine collecting them now. I did the same thing several years ago when I ran across a cache a squirrel had created. Dried the seed in my basement, sorted out most of the cone parts and scales, stratified the seed in my fridge and planted the next spring. Had very good success and have about 50 cedar that I need to transplant this fall. 

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Re: white cedar seed
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2019, 12:50:43 PM »
Trapper, this seems to be happening in many parts of WI.  Both here in Fox Valley (Appleton area) and where my land lies, in central Oconto County, some 60 miles more or less due north, white-cedar is generally coning heavily.  I noticed up at land that those trees more interior to stand(s) feature less cones than do outlying ones.

I can never believe the ease with which this species' seeds germinate.  Were it not for deer overpopulation and just general lack of proper seedbed conditions, ie. exposed mineral soil from burns or would easily be all over the place in areas where seed source exists.

In fact, not here in A-town, but up at land again, it does seem to easily volunteer in oldfield sites.

Balsam firs are also loaded with cones this year.

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