Lincoln Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga taxifolia glauca Lincoln) 20 Seeds
AKA:Blue Needled Douglas Fir, Rock Mountain Fir, P. douglasii
How to Grow:
- Soak seeds in water for 24 hours
- (not required but increased germination) Place in refrigerator inside a Ziploc bag with a damp paper towel for 30 days.
- Plant 3/4 inch deep in pots.
A subtle woodsy and pleasant flavor is had from the new tender branch tips. A refreshing tea can be made from them as well.
Native americans used this family of pines in many ways from food to medicine. One report mentions the Haisla Tribe in British Columbia made a poultice of pitch and roasted, pounded frogs applied for unspecified serious illness. Interested to find out more about that recipe.
Fir is the most popular Christmas tree. Fast growing and can also be used as a windbreak.
How to grow:
Stratify the seeds, soak your seeds in water for a day then dry then for another day. You can put them in a plastic sandwich bag making sure there’s plenty of air in the bag, then place the bag in your refrigerator’s vegetable crisper drawer for at least four weeks. Or you can then plant them in pots and then place them in a cold frame over winter.
Plant in pots no smaller than 6 inches deep, make sure that your potting soil is has good drainage so that it will hold moisture without getting soggy. Plant seeds about 2 inches deep, then cover with soil. Keep in partial shade for the first year; older seedlings will require full sunlight.
Care for your seedlings by keeping them inside for the first 4-6 weeks then hardening them off before you plant outdoors. If you have a greenhouse you can grow them indoors for the first year before hardening them in the following spring, this will make them hardier. Keep in mind its potential height when choosing where to plant the seedling. Water the seedling 1-4 times a month, you can fertilize it once a month but be sure to dilute it with water to avoid damage to the roots.