How to Grow Cedar Trees From Seed

Cedar trees look good in any yard and fit any landscape without overpowering other foliage. They grow well in USDA zones 7 to 9 and have a silver-green foliage that makes an interesting backdrop for other plantings. Growing a cedar tree from a seed often is time consuming but not difficult and is an inexpensive way to add trees to your yard. Cedar seeds are encased in cones that fall from trees.

Grow a cedar tree from seed.

Step 1

Pick cones from the ground under the tree or from the tree itself. Pull the cones apart and remove the seeds from inside.

Step 2

Fill a plastic bag halfway with moist sand. Bury the seeds in the sand and seal the bag.

Step 3

Place the bag in the bottom shelf of a refrigerator in the back, or in a vegetable drawer. Leave it there for one week for stratification, which helps the seeds to germinate properly.

Step 4

Remove the seeds from the sand carefully at the end of 12 weeks. Leave any roots that have begun to form attached. Plant the seeds 1 inch deep in a container filled with potting soil.

Step 5

Water the soil well enough to cause drainage from the holes in the bottom of the pot. Let it drain thoroughly.

Step 6

Place the pot in a sunny indoor location. Check the soil for moisture regularly. Water before the soil dries out completely.

Step 7

Move the pot outside in the spring, as long as the seedling is more than 6 inches tall. Transplant to a sunny location outdoors when it is more than 1 year old.