Have you ever wanted to grow a maple tree from one of those helicopter seeds? If so, this guide will walk you through how to plant and grow your very own sapling.
How to plant the maple tree seed
1. Soak seed overnight
Start by carefully breaking off the wing of this seed. Then, soak it in water overnight.
Plant the seed in a pot of potting mix, (it should be about 1 inch under the surface of the soil).
3. Water and cover the pot
Water the soil and cover with the top of a milk jug to help keep the soil moist.
It also acts as a mini greenhouse to help your plants sprout up sooner!
4. Water less often once sprouted
When the tree sapling has finally sprouted cut back your watering to about once every 3-4 days.
When the tree is about 6 months old, water once a week.
5. Plant outside
Wait to plant the tree outside until it's at least 2-3 years old to let it get big enough to survive harsh conditions and animals.
How soon will my maple tree seed sprout?
After planting my seed and following the steps listed above, my little tree had sprouted in about 10 days. Much faster than growing acorns into oak trees!
Maple tree FAQ
Start by carefully removing the helicopter like covering, then soak the seed overnight. Then, plant it in soil so that it's 1 inch under the surface of your soil.
These seeds are produced by maple trees. They are referred to as helicopter seeds or whirlers because of how the seed falls.
Yes! They are relatively easy to grow, you just need to be patient and let the little tree get big enough.