Planting Tea Tree Seed
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Charlotte Swancy
Posted on: July 26, 2000

I recently purchased tea tree seeds from y’all and I am not sure how to plant them. The seeds are very tiny. Should I put them in flats, seed trays, or plug trays? What would be the easiest way to sow these?

Since this plant needs moisture retentive to wet soil, that has a neutral to acid pH, I would recommend filling flats or plug trays with a pasteurized (moisten, then heat at 90 degrees Celsius = 200 degrees Fahrenheit, for an hour – plug your nose!!) peaty soil mix and setting the flats or trays into a shallow saucer and making sure the saucer almost always has a bit of water in it. Sprinkle the seeds onto the surface of the moistened mix, mist with water to settle the seeds onto the surface, cover with clean clear plastic and put it into a warm, bright spot out of direct sun. The seeds should germinate in 12 to 15 days. Allow to grow to at least 2 centimeters (one inch) before transplanting. Letting the soil dry out even once, kills the plants.

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