Chinese Date Tree Seeds

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Chinese Date Tree
(Ziziphus jujube)

The Chinese Date tree grows 15 to 40 feet tall. The Chinese Date tree produces an edible oval drupe fruit (date) that is used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese dates are an important ingredient in many Chinese foods. It flowers in the summer and then harvests fruit. Also known as 'Indian JuJube'; the Chinese Date tree grows wild in the eastern Caribbean and Jamaica. It is used as a shade tree. Part of the Buckthorn family, the Ziziphus jujube has thorny branches.  

Growth Rate: Medium

Soil Type: Prefers sandy, well-drained soils.

Zones: 6 to 9

Germination Range: 80-90%

Stratification Requirement: Hot water treatment then cold stratification for 40 days.

Indoor Planting: If your seeds require stratification or scarification – do the recommended pretreatment before planting indoors. Planting Instructions: Fill a container with seed starting mix to about ½ inch from the top. Place your seeds 1 inch to 1 ½ inches below the soil surface. Gently water your seeds to keep moist, not soaking wet. Heat & humidity is critical for germination. Germination may occur in 1 week or as long as 3 months (depending on the species). Place the seed container on a heat mat under growing light(s). Keep your growing lights on 14 hours per day. Keep your heat mat on 24 hours per day. Once your seeds germinate, move each seed into its own container under the growing lights and on the heat mat. Keep your seedlings indoors for 2-3 months before transplanting outdoors in the spring (May to June).

Outdoor Planting: If your seeds do not require stratification: the best time to plant tree and shrub seeds outdoors is after the last frost in your area (spring). In the Northern states – the best time to plant seeds outdoors is from May to June. If your seeds require pretreatment: you should plant your seeds outdoors before the ground freezes in your area (late September to early November). Your seeds will naturally stratify during the cold winter. Germination usually occurs in May or during the spring season.