After starting the Trident experiment, I decided I wanted to try my hand at a Japanese Maple “FrankenMaple.” I had tried growing from maple seeds before, but had terrible results even after reading up on the whole stratification process.
I chose to try again, and ordered acer palmatum seeds from eBay (seller was fix1break2). I got a late start, and started stratifying in late July 2011. These particular maples seeds arrived without the full samara (wings were already gone), and were very small. I placed a pie dish with warm water on a seed heating mat with the seeds, covered with a towel, and let marinade for about one full day. Then I removed them and spread them out on damp (wringed) paper towels. Placed each folded paper towel in its own Ziploc bac, placed those in a Tupperware-type container, and popped it into the fridge.
I checked periodically, and began having root sprouts within a month or so, and then en masse after about 2 months. Every week I’d pull the sprouted ones, and plant them so the root was in the soil, and the top of the seed was sticking out. After all was said & done, I had nearly all of them sprout. I was amazed, no doubt.
Here they are as of the other day (Dec. 6, 2011); I guess I’ll have to see how they deal with the shorter, cooler days here in Southern California:
It’ll be interesting to see when they drop their leaves given their late start. We’ll see!