By Bryan Meador

How to Grow: American Sycamore

Sycamore trees are a beloved and iconic part of the landscape in many parts of the world. With their distinctive mottled bark and large, spreading canopy, sycamores provide shade and beauty for years to come. They are also an important food source for a variety of wildlife, including birds, insects, and mammals. If you've always dreamed of growing your own sycamore tree, Plant Seads' Garden in a Box kit makes it easy and convenient.

Follow these simple steps to grow your own sycamore tree from seed and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer.

Step 1

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Choose a location for your sycamore tree that has well-draining soil and gets plenty of sunlight. Sycamores prefer full sun but can tolerate partial shade. 

Step 2

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Install your Sead Pod vertical garden planters according to the instructions provided in How to Install online guide. Make sure they are securely attached and level. 

Step 3

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Plant your sycamore seeds no deeper than 1/8 inch with each seed about 6 to 8 inches apart for proper spacing. Gently press the seed starting mix down to ensure good soil contact. 

Step 4

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Water the seeds well, making sure the soil stays evenly moist but not soggy. Place a clear plastic bag or plastic wrap over the top of the planting area or planters to create a mini greenhouse effect and help keep the soil moist.

Step 5

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Keep the seeds moist and in a warm location (around 70-75°F) until they germinate. Germination will take place over approximately 15 days and a 4" seedling will develop in less than 2 months in a sunny location.

Step 6

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As the sycamore trees grow, water them regularly and fertilize every 2-4 weeks with a balanced liquid fertilizer. 

Step 7

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Protect the young trees from pests and diseases by keeping the area around them free of weeds and debris, and applying appropriate pest control measures as needed.


With a little care and attention, you'll have a beautiful sycamore tree in no time! Enjoy the shade and beauty it provides for years to come.