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    Anyone successfully grown mistletoe from seeds?

    I've been given some lovely plump berries from a bush growing on an apple tree and have smeared them on my little apple tree and some blackthorn. Fingers now crossed that they take...

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    If you have any more smear them onto the underside of branches. We have just had some big trees lopped, hornbeam, ash, field maple and hawthorn and it is amazing how many mistletoe seedlings are on the smaller branches.
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    Did you scratch the bark prior to smearing the berry on the branch ?
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    Thanks for the tip roitelet - I'll give that a go.

    BB - no. The growing instructions from my friend said it didn't help so I didn't do it.

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    This is my first year trying. There are some old threads lurking but the jist wasn't so much the technique but rather the host of the mistletoe. If it was on an apple it should go on another apple, if it was on an oak it should go on another oak etc. etc I can't remember if anyone gave a reason though. My seeds now look green with a white casing - so am hoping that is a good thing, they have been on since the beginning of Jan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparrow100 View Post
    BB - no. The growing instructions from my friend said it didn't help so I didn't do it.
    It's probably an ancient myth, but my rural science teacher reckoned that the chances were improved if you mimicked what happened in nature, whereby the bird's beak would scratch the bark while trying to get the sticky gel off, thus giving the fungus an easy path into the wood.
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    I've just bought 2 bunches of mistletoe from Morries - yellow stickered to 09p
    I have apple and oak trees in the garden - but which to choose as the host? Both, I guess
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    Seen it on loads of fruit trees & various hardwoods VC, but don't ever recall seeiong it on oak
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