The Colorado State Forest Service Nursery is located on the Foothills Campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. At the CSFS Nursery, we take pride in being able to offer landowners with low-cost, adaptable, native species that are grown in our own backyard.
We are situated on 130 acres with 18,000 square feet of greenhouse space where our containerized seedlings begin their lives. Along with greenhouse production, we grow several deciduous species in our fields which are lifted each fall and contribute to our bare root stock.
Nearly all of our species are grown from seed at the CSFS Nursery. Various stratification processes are always in the works because many seeds require stratification, scarification or soaking in order to wear away the seed coat before germination.
Stratification is the process of treating seeds to mimic the wintering conditions they must go through prior to germination. This process typically includes burying the seeds in a tub of vermiculite and keeping them in cold storage for a period of time, constantly checking on them to see if the seed coat has broken.