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RE: Starting mesquite seeds


Ah very good. I have enough to do some experimenting with, I'll try all
the methods and see what happens.

Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Andrea Hodges
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 2:58 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Starting mesquite seeds

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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