New Seeds: Mulberry, Medlar & Sweet Cherry

Time to start some new germinating projects: It’s cherry season and one of my co-workers brought sweet cherries to the office. Obviously, I couldn’t resist neither cherries nor their stones. So I kept 10 of them and put them into vermiculite for germination. I have no idea what conditions they need, but I can always get more cherry stones. I chose vermiculite, because it makes untangling the roots much easier when the time comes.
If you know think (like me until a week ago) – hold on – since when are cherries a Mediterranean fruit? Well, since the famous politician Lucius Licinius Lucullus introduced them from modern day Turkey (from Pontus at the south coast of the Black Sea). No, he didn’t introduce them from modern day, because back then in Ancient Roman times, they had no time travel yet. No, I mean, he introduced it from the area that is now Turkey.

Then I decided to finally order those medlar seeds I had laid my eyes upon ages ago on Ebay. Especially now, that I realized that the seeds I had previously taken for medlar where loquats insteard. So I ordered 10 seeds. They arrived today and had a little instruction sheet glued to the plastic bag. It said that they need stratification (surprise, surprise), so I put them right into the fridge for 2 weeks, according to the instruction.
Another fruit from Turkey, or at least, that’s were I encountered them first.

The same guy who sells medlar seeds also sells others. And to make the shipping costs worth the trouble, I also ordered mulberry seeds. They are about the size of sesame seeds. They also came with an instruction telling me to only cover them slightly with soil. Which I hope I did.

Lemon Germinated and Two Myrtles Repotted

As it got really crowded in the myrtle pot with already 10 saplings on 5 cm by 5 cm, I decided to take two out and put them into the eggcups I bought at Istanbul airport for this purpose. Well, not precisely this purpose, I bought them so they could be turned into bonsai pots for the seeds I brought from Turkey.
So, I took those two from the pot with all their “siblings” and put them into their new homes.

Myrtle Saplings in Turkish Eggcups

Then I decided to water my lemon pots again and lo and behold! I discovered that one of the seeds must have germinated one or two days ago! So the germination period of lemons seems to be two weeks upwards. I’ll see how many more will germinate.

At first, I wasn’t sure whether it was really one of the lemon pips that had germinated or some weed that had found its way into the pot, so I did some research and found this blog entry with photographs of lemon saplings and that confirmed the identity of my sapling to be a lemon as well. Yeah!
Lemon Sapling from Lemon Seed
I was surprised how strong its stem is. The ones of the myrtle and pomegranate saplings are about an eighth of that.