Catalpa Tree Seed Planting - August 2022
I recently posted about how I began to divide and upgrade the small seedlings of the native Kentucky Coffee Tree that I've been growing for 14-or-so months and talked about how I've enjoyed the process with native tree seedlings. I posted about trying other tree seeds in the past - including Catalpa and Honey Locust - as new projects. That is/was part of one of my 2022 to-do goals: keep working on the seedling project.
I didn't jump on the Honey Locust seeds earlier this Summer, but earlier in August, I decided to give the Catalpa seeds a shot. Why? I came across a Catalpa seed pod that one of the kids had just busted open on our patio and seeing the seeds reminded me that I should give it a go with planting them. Here, below, is the pod and a bunch of the white, winged seeds scattered on our brick paver patio:
I decided to try to get these to germinate a couple of ways. First...by planting them (like 1/4" or so deep) in a series of uncovered containers. I used a mix of six-and-eight cell seed trays. Each cell with two seeds. And... a small container that you can see below. I put four seeds in this small 3" wide container. And, after watering it in, I left it 'open' to the world. Are they viable? I'm not sure.