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How to Grow Euonymus Alatus From Seeds

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Euonymus alatus, also known as winged euonymus or burning bush, adds spectacular fall color to the garden. Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zone 4 to 8 according to Missouri Botanical Garden, Euonymus alatus is tolerant of pollution, drought, heat and shade. While this low-maintenance shrub survives nearly every urban condition, it requires summer watering, well-draining soil and a significant amount of space. Euonymus alatus cultivars do not grow true from seed, although the resulting plant may share many of its parent plant’s characteristics.

Gather your burning bush seeds

Gather seeds from a Euonymus alatus shrub in the fall, when the fruits begin to dry out and split open.

Place the seeds in a container, then stratify

Place the seeds in a plastic bag or container filled with moist sand. Clearly label the date and contents on the bag with a permanent marker. Put the bag in the back of the refrigerator to stratify, or chill, the seeds for three months, recommends Plant Care Today. Stratification simulates a winter dormancy period, important for many types of seeds to germinate.

Prepare a location with a heating tray

Place a heating pad in a brightly lit location. Cover it with plastic to protect it from moisture and turn it on the lowest setting.

Fill the seed starting tray with soil medium, then plant the seeds

Fill a seed starting tray with sterile potting soil. Place the Euonymus alatus seeds on the top of the soil, then lightly cover them with sand. Moisten the sand with a spray bottle.

Keep the tray warm to aid in germination

Cover the seed starting tray with plastic wrap. Set it on top of the heating pad. Euonymus alatus seeds require a constant temperature of 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit to germinate.

Maintain proper moisture

Check under the plastic every four days to ensure that the sand is moist. Mist with a spray bottle of water as needed. Euonymus alatus seeds germinate in approximately 8 weeks.

Plant into nursery pots after germination

Plant the seedlings in 1-gallon nursery pots after sprouting. Place in a sheltered location in the sunroom or on the patio until the weather warms and all chance of frost is past.

Plant your seedlings

Plant your Euonymus alatus shrubs in a sunny, well-draining location in the garden, 6 to 10 feet apart. Water regularly, when the soil is dry to the touch.

Things You Will Need

Plastic bag or container

Seed starting tray

Sterile potting soil

1-gallon nursery pots

Plant Euonymus alatus where a large shrub is needed to screen or shade windows, sunrooms or walkways. There are a number of Euonymus alatus cultivars available, although Compactus is the standard offering at nurseries and home improvement stores. While Euonymus alatus is considered invasive in the Midwest and East coast, it is not on the University of California invasive plants list.

Warning

Wear gloves to protect your hands when gathering seeds and planting the shrubs. Regular pruning keeps Euonymus alatus small, however, the bright red leaves at the tips of the branches are lost, losing part of its fall colors.

How to Grow Euonymus Alatus From Seeds. Euonymus alatus, also known as winged euonymus or burning bush, adds spectacular fall color to the garden. Hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zone 4, Euonymus alatus is tolerant of pollution, drought, heat and shade. While this low-maintenance shrub survives …