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B and T World Seeds' reference number:
|Type of plant - shrub to tree
rhomb. ov., 3-5cm. long....bark shiny BRONZE
|Height, in meters: 12
Height, in feet: 39.60
|Betula occidentalis sales history
Synonyms (alternative names) for Betula occidentalis:
|Betula fontinalis, Betula papyrifera v. occidenta,|
Common names for Betula occidentalis:
|American Red Birch, River Birch, Water Birch,|
is included in the following
B and T World Seeds flowering plant categories.
|29||: Temperate Forest and Woodland Tree and Shrub Seed List|
|56||: Aquatic and Semi aquatic Plant Seeds|
|76||: Californian Native Plant Seed List|
|88||: Natives of U.S.North West|
|97||: Canadian Natives Western and British Colombia|
|719||: North American Native Ethnobotanicals|
|Including medicinal, dye, fiber, food, construction, ritual|
Some knowledge about growing from seed is necessary to germinate even the easiest seeds.
Most seeds require humidity to germinate, even desert plants like
require that their growing medium remains moist until germination.|
Most seeds require oxygen to germinate, if buried too deep in their growing medium, or if the medium is too wet,
the seeds may not get the oxygen they require.
Betula occidentalis seeds will usually germinate in 30-90 days, even under good conditions germination may be erratic.
Betula occidentalis seeds need to be "overwintered" before they will germinate.
Stratification; cold treatment or vernalization. Seeds of some species need just a couple of weeks, others 3 months. Seeds can be stratified in dampened peat or sand, in a plastic box or bag at 4°C or 5°C in a refrigerator. The seeds should not be frozen or in a wet medium. Very small seeds can be sown on the surface of their growing medium, in pots sealed in plastic bags, and kept in the 'fridge. Many vernalized seeds need light to germinate when they are sown in the "Spring".