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November 15, 2005

Ginkgo propagation

Post your question and/or comment about Ginkgo propagation.
I have collected many seeds and cleaned them.. I put them in the vegetable drawer of my fridge in a sealed container with some slightly moistened peat moss. Early spring I let them germinate, I have many seedlings already from previous years, but I only have a rather small garden....


At 11/22/2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Verkoop je ook zaden en of planten? groetjes J. Schippers

At 11/22/2005, Blogger Cor Kwant said...

Neen, maar op mijn FAQ-pagina op mijn homepage staan wat verkoopbedrijven genoemd of zoek even met Google. Zaden kun je wellicht ook zelf verzamelen bij vrouwelijke bomen (kijk op mijn Where-pagina voor lokaties).

At 11/23/2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dat heb ik al meerd dan eens gedaan. Heb ook zaden gekocht in oosterse store's..... Stekken genomen. Ik wil graag zo veel mogelijk cultivars in mijn bezit krijgen. Thnx voor uw antwoord. Groet Jeroen Schippers

At 11/23/2005, Blogger Cor Kwant said...

De zaden uit Oosterse winkels waar jij het over hebt, zijn meestal niet geschikt om te laten ontkiemen.

At 11/24/2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 1/02/2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feliz año para todo el mundo.
El motivo de mi e-mail es comentaros cómo propago por semilla los ginkgos.
Suelo recoger las semillas del suelo en diciembre o enero,(concretamente
este año el 1 de enero y las dejo a la intemperie en el jardín sin retirar
el fruto ni limpiarlas hasta el momento de la siembra, en abril, en el
interior. En algunos casos, en Madrid, España, que es donde vivo hay días
con temperaturas por debajo de 0ºC en invierno, y los frutos con las
semillas sufren esas temperaturas.
Consigo unos niveles de germinación (en bricks de leche de 1 litro, 2
semillas) de más del 90% y las primeras semillas que germinan, lo hacen en
el increíble tiempo de unos 8 días.
Espero que os valga de algo la información que os he pasado.
Chao y hasta pronto.

At 1/18/2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a huge fan of the Ginkgo Pages and visit often. I write with a question about seed propagation. While I've read over the directions about seeds, I am still confused about one point. To stratify the seeds, you mention that I may put them in my refrigerator. Will the seeds still be good if I do not have them in a moist paper towel or soil? In other words, if they are dry and in a plastic bag for three months before I bring them out to grow, will they be successful?

Thanks for any tips you can share!
Brian Schanding
Kentucky, USA

At 2/05/2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got some very good news, a few weeks ago I took a handful of Ginkgo seeds and placed them in a glass of water hopping that I could get some of them to sprout. Then about a week or so later I planted 8 or 9 or so of them in some soil that I had in a flower pot, which is about 8 1/2 inches round. I had been planting different kinds of seeds in the soil in that pot but none of them had ever produced one sprout.

Anyway when the soil started to feel that it was getting dry I would add water to the soil to keep it moist. I was in the habit of checking my Ginkgo pot every day and about 3 weeks or so later to my utter delight 2 sprouts had popped out of the soil. One of the sprouts was taller than the other, to say the least this event made me feel very excited. I emailed my daughter and told her of the blessed event. She said that’s great now you’ll have to move into a house so you can plant them in your backyard. I live in New York City in an apartment. By the way I planted my Ginkgo seeds under the plant that I told you about that keep producing flowers almost every time it snows.

Now here comes the really good part of this true story about 2 days later I went over to see how my Ginkgo’s were doing and to my surprise there was a third sprout coming out of the soil. This made me want to do the Michael Jackson Moon walk. A day later a fourth one was sprouting, the next day a fifth one popped out and in the next 2 days two more seeds sprouted. At the present moment I have 7 potential Ginkgo trees growing in my apartment.

The first two Ginkgoes’ are quite large now and I feel that I should dig them out and plant them in a larger flower pot together because I see them as husband and wife. Anyway it’s a wonderful dilemma to be in. Every time that I walk by the place that I got my seed from there are thousand of them lying on the ground giving off their special aroma, I would like to collect some more but I don’t have any room in my freezer.

At 3/15/2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Debarati and I am from India.I will be very grateful if someone can provide me with few authentic ginkgo seeds.I would be very much interested in growing a Ginkgo plant here.My address is as follows.........
Debarati Das
90A,Shyambazar Street,
Kolkata - 700005.
West Bengal,

At 7/17/2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your site guided me through the various attempts to breed ginkgo. I finally have a few plants, both from seeds and from cuttings. I wonder if there are some ginkgo lovers in my area. If they want to contact me ( I would be more than happy to respond. Thank U again for the information in this site. IASI ROMANIA, EUROPE

At 7/31/2009, Anonymous Brandon Krone said...

I have liked ginkgoes ever since I learned about them in grade school and have always wanted one. I purchased some ginkgo seeds recently via the internet and I haven't had any success germinating the seeds yet. I first tried the instructions for germination that came with the seeds, but the seed never sprouted. I then decided to research different ways to propagate ginkgoes from seed and stumbled upon the Ginkgo ages website. I followed the germination instructions as closely as I could (but did not cold stratify), but could not get the seed to sprout. What I did was I first scraped the seed coat on some concrete so that there was a small hole going completely through the shell. I then soaked it in a cup of water for slightly more than 24 hours after which I placed the seed in a pot of moist peat with a little perlite and then placed the pot in a ziploc bag and placed it by a large window that receives good light. I left the seed there for probably 15 days or so without adding additional water and nothing happened. I dug up this seed this morning to see if it had germinated and I found that the inside seed was very mushy and smelled rotten. I'm not really sure what went wrong with my process. Does anyone have any ideas on what I should do differently? I would greatly appreciate any pointer and/or suggestions. Thank you.

At 7/02/2011, Anonymous Laurie said...

After following your excellent instructions on growing seed, I now have six ginkgo trees that are in individual four inch pots, each tree about eight inches in height with 7 or 8 leaves on each. I have them outside on my screened porch, so they will feel the outdoors, without threats of deer or squirrels etc. My questions are... my climate zone is 6b, and it does freeze and snow where I live... you specify not to plant trees in the ground until they are 2 years old... in the fall, do I bring the ginkgos inside for the winter or leave them outside and allow them to go dormant? And should I water them assuming the've lost their leaves? Thanks for your help, as I am looking forward to planting the trees in the ground and watching them grow.
Laurie Neal in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA

At 3/08/2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a great bonsai aficionado. In 1995 the Bonsai Culture Group (Malta)imported some gingko plantlets. I bought, but having very little knowhow and maybe interest I just planted them in 5 inch pots in a compost/ soil and took very little care of them.

One died, but the 2 others thrived successfully and grew about 18 inches high and a base girth of 1 inch.

In January 2012 I replanted both trees in a prebonsai pot.

Now I want to start their bonsai training, and one option is to lessen their height to about 8 inches. This would enhance their
overall appearance.

The question I would like to ask is: Does any reader know whether Gingkos can be air-layered?

If they can be, what is the best month to do so?

I live in Malta which has a Mediterranean type of climate
ie hot dry summers,cool wet winters. The temperature rarely falls below 5 degrees C, but in suammer it can often be above 35 C.

Eagerly awaiting an answer, for it seems a pity to throw away the parts which I have to remove.

PS. I believe there are only two mature gingko trees growing in a public garden in Malta.


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