When and How to Plant a Cottonwood Tree

shannonfarlouis By shannonfarlouis, 25th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The seeds are very similar to cotton as they are a fluff of fiber. The Cottonwood tree is native to the United States.

When and How to Plant a Cottonwood Tree

When and how to plant a cottonwood tree

A cottonwood tree is a flowering tree that related to the willow family. These trees are native to North America and date back to American pioneers. In the United States, the cottonwood tree can be found growing along rivers and streams. There are very easy ways to grow your own cottonwood tree and first you must begin with the cottonwood seeds. Cottonwood trees dispense their seeds in the summer season. You can collect them and they should be planted about three days after being collected. You should gather the seeds between the months of June and July. If they are dry and cracked open, then you should not use them. These seeds should be placed into a fine mesh wire colander. This will allow the seeds to separate from the capsule. These seeds should be allowed to dry in the colander and the process can take up to a few weeks.

The capsules should be rubbed across the surface of the colander to separate the seeds. Mix the cottonwood seeds with a seed-starting planting mix. Place the mixture into seeds flats. The rows should be about 1 1/2 inches apart. Place one seed, one inch apart in the shallow rows. The seed tray should be placed in your home where it can get light everyday. It should not be placed in the direct sunlight. The perfect temperature should be between 60 and 70 degrees. It only takes the seeds a few hours to start germinating so you should keep the tray saturated with water. Keep the soil moist, but not wet. When the saplings sprout, they should be placed into four inch pots. You can do this when they are about 1 1/2 inches tall.

The seeds are very similar to cotton as they are a fluff of fiber. The cottonwood tree can grow to a height of 80 feet. They are very attractive in the spring. They have a shallow root system and spread quite rapidly. They should not be planted near sidewalks patios and driveways. This is because the roots of the cottonwood tree can buckle these areas and cause damage. They are best planted along rivers, ponds and streams. They provide excellent shade and habitat for many birds and wildlife. These trees thrive when growing in wet soil. This tree is known to cause allergies in some people. The cottonwood tree can make it really difficult to breathe when the cotton is released in the air during the spring.


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