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Re: Starting mesquite seeds


Wow. I plant moon flowers every year and I just soak them in a bowl of
warm water over night (usually on a Friday night) then I get up and
plant them on a Saturday or Sunday. They pop up within a week.

  

Andrea Hodges <andreah@hargray.com> wrote:
  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" 
To: 
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" 
>> 
>> To: 
>> 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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> Island Jim
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> Sunset Zone 25
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> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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