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Re: Starting mesquite seeds


Hi, I have the Jill Nokes book,  How to Grow Native Plants.
It states:  pg.413  Propagation of Seed:
Mesquite seeds are covered with a hard seed coat and can remain dormant for  
many decades until conditions become favorable for germinationi (Simpson  
1988).  Dried seeds will germinate faster if first scarified.  Nick  with a knife 
or soak in hot water for 60 seconds.  Repeat hot water  treatment if 
necessary.  Follow the hot water soak by aerating the seeds  for a day in between.  
Seeds will germinate within 10 days in warm  soil.
It also states that the seeds should be planted in very deep containers,  
since the a very long initial root.  They need very well drained  soil.  
 
Mesquite (Prosopis) can be rooted from juvenile wood or suckers also.  
 
Noreen
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast



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