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In my field there is a row of three mature trees which were originally in a hedgerow (removed several years ago). The oak still seems fine but one beech came down a few years ago but the stump struggles on, the other beech isn't too healthy: lots of bracket fungi on the trunk and obviously some heartwood missing - hornets nested inside it two or three years ago.
And so I thought that I'd have a go a propagating it when I saw quite a large number of fallen seeds at the end of the year. I collected some fifty or so, they all appeared clean and full (some were definitely empty and so discarded). They were sown a few days after I had collected them; kept in an unheated polytunnel so that they were frosted and keep moist.
But only one germinated. It's still growing nicely and will get transplanted when it drops its leaves; I would have done it sooner but it has plenty of room in its deep seed tray all by itself.
Is that typical, or should I have expected better results ? And perhaps I should try again this autumn.