Silver birch (Betula pendula) is an easy growing plant that does not care much about the soil type. The plant is both indoor and outdoor-friendly but the ones that are started with the container and transferred to the garden beds tend to live longer, i.e. for about 10 to 12 years.
The seeds require the sun of April to germinate robustly. It is made sure that the seeds are not covered with a thick layer of soil and they should be watered profusely to prevent dryness, which can prove to be disastrous for germination.
The seedlings of silver birch are further delivered with a satisfying supply of liquid fertilizer until August. The container is allowed to sit in a sunny spot and the plant is transferred to its new home whenever it is tall enough to stand in the garden bed.
Silver birch seeds take 4 to 6 weeks to germinate into a seedling that contains a stem leaves. The plant then further grows and blooms in April and keeps up with the task till June.
The silver birch plant has separate male and female catkins that can be distinguished quite easily with the naked eyes. The male catkins are long, yellowish-brown in color and droop down in the groups of two and four, like a lamb’s tail. On the other hand, female catkins are small, erect, and showcase a bright green color.
The successful pollination promises multiple fruit formation with obscured seeds that account for the continuation of the destined lifecycle.