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Re: Starting mesquite seeds


thanks Jim-not an original thought though-a friend of mine tried it on a whim and it worked great. She was afraid she had killed the moonflower seed, but no, it germinated almost immediately.
A

----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 6:04 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Starting mesquite seeds


Great idea.

On Feb 12, 2008, at 5:58 PM, Andrea Hodges wrote:

crack them with a garlic press. That's what I do with moonflower seeds. Just a tiny squeeze is all you need.
A

----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2008 6:53 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Starting mesquite seeds


The site I looked at said easy to start when fresh, but older seeds need
the treatment. Lots of things eat them so perhaps the species relies on
a quick start and any seeds left over aren't as crucial for survival.
I think they are a real weed in Texas although not so common in the wild
here. There are some out on the edges of the dry lakebeds and here at
work they plant them extensively as landscape trees. I'm looking to
establish some on my back fence.

Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2008 3:39 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Starting mesquite seeds

Since neither scarification nor boiling water are usually available to
Ma Nature, gotta wonder how the mesquite germinates naturally. It's not
exactly a rare plant.


On Feb 11, 2008, at 6:19 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

I gathered up some seeds from the local mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa)
last year, found them while cleaning out drawers the other day and
decided to start them.  I read that they need either scarification or
treating with boiling water.
I haven't done scarification before but I'm thinking I would just rub
them on sandpaper a little. How would you do the boiling water trick?
Put them in a colander and pour it over, or soak them for a few
minutes?
The website doesn't say how to do it.

Cyndi

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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