RE: NANFA-- Sort of off topic: osage orange

Denkhaus, Robert (DenkhaR_at_Ci.Fort-Worth.TX.US)
Fri, 4 May 2001 16:19:58 -0500


In case you are interested, I looked up some propagation info on the osage

"The achene may be removed by crushing and macerating the fruit. A bushel
of fruit yields about 24,500 seeds or about 2 lb. If stored at 41 degrees
F., seeds retain viability for 3 or more years. The achene is soaked in
water, or stratified in sand or peat for 30 days. It is sown the following
spring. Average germination is about 58%. The seeds should be drilled in
rows 8-12 in. apart for cultivation. About 1/4 in. of firmed moist soil
over the seed will suffice."

Sounds like you probably don't need a full pound of seed unless you are
looking to start 7105 trees!

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
"El muerto a la sepultura, el vivo a la travesura"
"The dead to burial, the living to mischief"

> -----Original Message-----
> From: D. Martin Moore
> Sent: Friday, May 04, 2001 2:26 PM
> To:
> Subject: RE: NANFA-- Sort of off topic: osage orange
> On 4 May 2001, at 14:09, Denkhaus, Robert wrote:
> > Martin,
> >
> > I might be able to help you out later when the trees produce fruit
> > (September-October). I believe though that the species is
> cultivated and
> > may be available from some of the bigger native plant
> producers. Try a
> > search under its latin name (Maclura pomifera) or any of
> the vernacular
> > names you mentionned although I think that "bowdock" may be
> a phonetic
> > spelling of its French name, Bois D'arc which means
> bow-wood and refers to
> > the fact that the Osage Indians used it to make their bows.
> If you can't
> > find any and are still looking come fall, send me a
> reminder. They are easy
> > to come by if I can beat the squirrels and feral hogs to them.
> Thanks for the info, Robert. The seeds are somewhat expensive if
> obtained through commercial channels, hence I am trying to do
> some type of "in kind" trade arrangement :-)
> Prost,
> Martin
> Jackson, MS
> /--

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