I need very specific help.
If anyone out there has grown a Maple tree (I believe it’s a
Norway maple) indoors, starting with the helicopter seed pod thingies, please
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s what I know about growing plants:
I am not a gardener.
A) I have a lot of allergies, both skin irritation and the
sneezy coughy itchy eye types of allergies.
B) I like communing with nature. I enjoy trees, flowers, the
occasional topiary…but I’m more of an observer/enjoyer than a pruner/gardener.
My vision of a perfect garden is one where nature has taken
its own course. I appreciate a well-designed, cultivated garden, I appreciate
the work and planning…but I like nature for the nature’s sake.
So houseplants have never really been my thing.
And then my mother put my parent’s house on the market.
And the Maple tree that held my tree swing and tree house…is
going to be sold with the house.
And the Maple tree I climbed and hid in because I was sad my
gran died and I couldn’t handle all the funeral planning going on in the
house…is going to be sold with the house.
It’s the same tree where, a few years later, the neighbor’s
dog chased a matted, shaking kitten up to the highest branches and my dad coaxed
it far enough down to scoop him into an apple basket taped to a rake, and we nursed
the kitten to health and became a family pet…is going to be sold with the
And the Maple tree rescued when it was a three inch sprout
and begged my dad not to mow over and then survived one of the worst Winters in
Michigan history as a five inch sprout and went on to become an enormous
tree…is going to be sold with the house.
And suddenly I care about gardening.
I have a bunch of the helicopter seed pod thingies. If I
plant them in a pot will they sprout? (I think they will, that’s the whole
premise behind greenhouses, right?)
Do I plant the helicopter seed pod thingies when they’re
green, or should I dry them and plant the brown dried pods?
Is regular old potting soil I can buy at Walgreens
Should I use a small, cozy-sized pot or start it in a large
pot so it has room to grow and won’t have to be transplanted?
And then what? Will the sprouts die? If they don’t die, will
they go through seasonal changes as if they were outdoors? Will the tree grow
to a certain size and then die?
What about light? I can provide East, South or Western
Watering? Water every day?
I know I’m foolish for trying this, and that’s advice I
need, too. If the best advice is: “Don’t do it,” I appreciate that help.