Nutmeg is a tropical evergreen tree that has fruits which supply two widely used spices. It is a small, aromatic tree. The fruit is a capsule that contains a large, brown seed with a fibrous, red aril. The seed is the spice nutmeg and the red aril is the culinary spice called mace. Native to Asia, Australasia and Indonesia. Hardy in zones 11-12.
Growing Instructions for Nutmeg.
The seeds need to be planted when received or stored in a refrigerator until they are planted. 1. Soak the seeds for 24 hours. 2. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Use a sterile seed starter mix, if available. It prevents soil pathogens from damaging the seeds and the seedlings. If not available, then make a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. 2. Put the soil in a pot. 3. Sow the seeds on the soil. 4. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. 5. Water the seeds. Keep the soil moist but not wet. 6. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade. 7. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.