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Old 10-06-2009, 12:17 AM   #1
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Default Propagation: Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)

What would be the best way to grow this plant? Should it be from seed or cuttings? Where are the seeds located? Does it need cold stratification? What should I know to get started?
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:08 PM   #2
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I got seeds for this in a swap - I winter sowed them and they all seemed to come up. But, looking this plant up, apparently they don't need any special treatment or stratification and you could probably plant the whole fruits this fall and expect seedlings in the spring. The seeds must be in the fruits but I never opened one up to see what they look like.

You could try softwood cuttings in summertime, but the trick there is keeping the cuttings from wilting - commercial propagators use mist sprayers controlled by a timer, but you might get away with sealing a baggie over a pot and keeping it shaded, and checking them often to see if there's condensation on the plastic.
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:37 PM   #3
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Is condensation on the plastic a good thing? As in - it's moist enough?
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:44 PM   #4
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Right, I should have said "check them to make sure there IS condensation".
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:34 PM   #5
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Swamp thing and biigblueyes thank you very much for your responses. They've helped tremendously.

I do have one more question and that is about amount and spacing of the seeds. Are there any rules of thumb that I need to follow?
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Old 10-09-2009, 11:08 PM   #6
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You're welcome! Just my opinion, but it's probably about what you do with them - you could sow them where you want them to grow, which would be an uphill battle with the squirrels and rabbitts for me here. And it might be hard to recognize what's a seedling and what's a weed...

Or, if you sow in pots or jugs, you could sow them close together and plan on separating the seedlings after a while, or you could sow them one-per-container... it just depends on what you do with them.

Not necessarily about this plant, but you never know how many seeds will germinate, and you might wish you had done something differently no matter what you tried! You could have every single seed sprout, or just a few...

That being said, I'd put them an inch or two apart or more, assuming they will germinate. Then you wouldn't have to divide them right away, they could grow for a few months like that.
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Thank you kindly for bearing with me and my simple questions.
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:12 PM   #8
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What does this American beautyberry look like?
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:37 PM   #9
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What does this American beautyberry look like?
Here is a thread with pictures of it.
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Old 05-12-2019, 04:41 PM   #10
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I planted several beautyberry seeds in Fall 2017. I sowed them in a little plastic container, and left it outdoors under the snow all winter. The following Spring (2018) two of them germinated. I transplanted both into pots, they were about 3 inches high in November. I left the pots outdoors over the winter. Right now (May 2019), I don't think that either of them survived the winter. Too bad, but I hope to try again in the future.
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