Honey Bee Pollinators

More and more gardeners are anxious to plant a bee garden. By planting a bee garden, you too can do your part to help the bees by adding to the shrinking inventory of flower-rich habitat in your area. 

What is Seed Scarification?

Some of the seeds that we sell have hard seed coats that allow them to sit in the ground for many years waiting for the proper conditions to come along for germination.

January Seed Packet of the Month - Tulip Tree Seed

The Beautiful Tulip Tree is a member of the magnolia family, (Liriodendron tulipifera) Named for its blooms, which look a lot like tulips.

February Seed Packet of the Month - Sugar Maple Tree Seed

Why Sugar Maple Seed? (Acer Saccharum) Because if you start it in February it will be ready to sow outside in the Spring.

March Seed Packet of the Month - Persimmon Tree Seed

Why Persimmon Tree Seed? (Diospyros virginiana) Because if you start it now it will be ready to sow outside in the Spring.

April Seed Packet of the Month - Balsam Fir Tree Seed

Why Balsam Fir Tree Seed? (Abies balsamea) Because if you start it now it will be ready to sow Outside in May.

May Seed Packet of the Month - White Spruce Tree Seed

Why White Spruce Tree Seed? Because NO stratification required can plant the seeds now for spring and summer growth.

June Seed Packet of the Month - White Fringetree Seed

Why White Fringetree Seed? Because Seed has a double dormancy So a warm period (now) followed by a cold period (late fall & winter) for germination to take place: We recommend starting this seed in June, no time like the present.

July Seed Packet of the Month - Serviceberry Tree Seed

Why Serviceberry Seed? Start seed in July with stratification, sow in the fall for seedlings next spring. A beautiful small flowering tree with all year interest. Gorgeous early white blooms in the spring.

August Seed Packet of the Month - Black Cherry Tree Seed

Why plant Black Cherry Seed in August? The seed needs a long cold period and by starting the seeds now they will be ready to plant next spring. 

September Seed Packet of the Month - Silver Linden Tree Seed

.For a stunning flowering tree for your yard, choose Silver Linden 

 Start the seeds in September for spring sowing as they are slow to germinate due to the hard seed coat.

October Seed Packet of the Month - Hophornbeam Tree Seed

A Seed that is Perfect to Start Sowing in October Hophornbeam Tree Seed

November Seed Packet of the Month - Shagbark Hickory Tree Seed

A large landscape tree provides good shade popular for residential areas and parks.

December Seed Packet of the Month - Black Walnut Tree Seed

Native to North America, Black Walnut is one of the most acclaimed species of our hardwoods.

Learning Seed Stratification Techniques is Easy! 
All You Need is a Good Teacher

Waiting for the season to get seed started is not always an option in this busy world. Seed Stratification is a way of treating seeds to mimic conditions that the seeds needs to go through before germination can occur. Many seed species have an embryonic latency phase, and often will not sprout until this period is broken.

My Seeds have been Sitting Around for A While Are they Still Good? Maintaining Seed Viability

Non-viable seeds are often the cause of failure during sowing. There are many causes of poor viability. - A seed may never have been viable in the first place.

Planting Seed for the Bees

The single most important thing you can do for the bees, plant a bee garden.

Migratory Pollination with Traveling Bee

Did you know bees have pollinated our agricultural crops since ancient times!

Fruit Trees for Small Spaces like Urban Gardens

Is my garden too small for a tree? Probably not! You just need to pick the right tree for the job. Even a Bonsai in a pot will work if you have very limited space.

Starting Seed in the Winter

Although natural germination is the best way to start most tree seeds, horticulturalists have consistent results by assisting winter growing with various techniques to mimic nature.

First Aid in the Garden with Medicinal Herbs

Fresh herbs reward us with abundant favors, stimulating scents and inspiring green landscapes. Medicinal Herb Seeds can be grown in pots or gardens. New to Gardening?

Tips for Growing Black Walnut Tree Seed

Black Walnut seeds can be sown in the ground either in a seed bed, with about 20-25 viable seeds/square foot.
or where you eventually want the tree to grow. (preferred if possible)

What do You Know About the Trees in Your Neighborhood ?

Benefits of the Street Trees in Your Neighborhood, Street trees are valuable additions to urban, suburban and rural landscapes.

What is going on with our Coniferous Forests?

Coniferous trees are classified by seed produced in cones.

The Most Colorful Time of The Year

The Fall color appears in the leaves with less energy from the sun, the chlorophyll breaks down...

Seed Collecting Time of Year

At Sheffield’s Seed, we are always searching the globe for seed sources.

The Best of Bonsai Seeds

Bonsai is an art form that has been around for almost 2,000 years. Taking care of bonsai trees is a fun and relaxing hobby. 

Landscaping with Wildflowers for Natural Beauty

Wildflowers are a species of flower that will grow and reproduce on their own. They are hardy plants that tolerate poor soils. Planting these blooms in a backyard garden creates a perfect environment to attract pollinators.

When is the Best Time to Plant Wildflower Seeds?

Spring is the optimal time to plant a wildflower garden, when the threat of frost is past and above 55°F, with annuals and perennials. The Fall is also an option to put perennials in the ground for early spring plants.

Plant Your Own Fall Colors from Seed

As the weather gets chilly and the days are shorter it's time to venture outdoors and enjoy the fall color. So, why do leaves change their color? Deciduous trees adapt to harsh winters by discontinuing the production of chlorophyll, the main ingredient in a plant that turns sunlight into glucose and feeds the trees resulting in green-colored leaves.

Planting a Tree in the Fall: Do or Don't?

Is it ok to plant a new tree this late in the Fall?
Now that the landscape is alive with gorgeous color you may be thinking of adding a new fall color trees to your yard. But is it too late in the season?

Get Inspired with Flowering Shrubs

Spring Planting for Trees and Shrubs should be as early as the ground can be worked. Trees and Shrubs add beauty, clolor and texture to your backyard oasis.


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