Scarlet Firethorn Seeds

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Scarlet Firethorn
(Pyracantha coccinea)

The Scarlet Firethorn is a European species of Firethorn shrubs that has been cultivated in gardens since the 16th century. The Scarlet Firethorn grows 15 feet tall by 15 feet wide. It can be pruned to use as a hedge shrub or privacy screen. The Scarlet Firethorn is a beautiful shrub grown for its ornamental value. Small white flowers bloom in late spring from May to June. The Scarlet Firethorn produces small bright red berries that are eaten by birds, squirrels and deer.  

Growth Rate: Medium to Fast

Soil Type: Adaptable to poor soils. Tolerant of urban conditions. Prefers full sun to partial shade.

Zones: 4 to 9

Germination Range: 60-80%

Stratification Requirement: 90 days cold moist stratification.

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.