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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-19-2014, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Osage Orange

Anyone plant any osage orange (lol monkey balls) I have a ton of them. Ever re plant any?

I'm so far behind I think I'm in first place.
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Never heard of anyone replanting them.
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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-19-2014, 11:19 PM
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I've never tried replanting them, but the trees make for excellent firewood. It burns very hot. Also great wood for making a bow.
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Re: Osage Orange

Same. Never heard of anyone planting them. Otherwise what snigg said.
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Re: Osage Orange

If I may add what is probably useless info.... I was raised on a farm in Westmoreland Co... way back in the 1950's and we had stands of Osage Orange... Monkey Ball trees on the edge of the property. I asked an older farmer about controlling them & use for them etc... he said that the original farmer/settlers planted them on the edges of their properties. When mature they were so think that they formed a natural boundary and sorta held cattle within the bounds of the farm.... Tried to eat one once but found it tough and tasteless.

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Yep. They were used for fence rows. Originated out west. Read the are easily planted just wondered if anyone tried it.

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Would be interesting to know if your successful. Give it a try.
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Re: Osage Orange

Check this out re osage oranges: http://www.americanforests.org/magaz...-the-mammoths/ Apparently the osage orange once depended on wooly mammoths to disperse their seeds and without them the range of these trees is shrinking. You've got wooly mammoth food!

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Wooly Mammoth, that's the nickname I gave to...... nevermind.

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I grew 98 trees from seed this year. Here's what I did and had good success. Wait until the Monkey Balls have froze for awhile and have become real smushy, its easier to get the seed out when they're like this. Put on a pair of latex gloves and start breaking the balls apart, the seeds are easy to identify and there's quite a few in each ball. I put them in a strainer and rinsed them off real good and placed them on a paper towel to dry. When I was ready to start growing them I placed them in a pill bottle filled with water for about 3 weeks, changing the water everyday, it will get a bit rancid smelling if you don't keep rinsing them daily. I got a bag of potting soil and some seed planting trays that had those individual planting sections and had a clear plastic cover for the whole tray. I planted two seeds per section about a half inch deep, watered well and placed the clear cover back on and placed them in a nice sunny window. The clear cover helped to keep the watering to a minimum with condensation building up on the inside from the sunshine. Took them about 3 weeks to start germinating. I was about to give up on them and write it off as a learning experience when they weren't up in a week or so, but I left them there and one day noticed them starting to come up. I had them coming up in 3 weeks 4 weeks and 4 1/2 weeks all from the same planting so don't give up on them. When they got to point of getting big enough to touch the inside of the clear plastic lid I took the trays out and placed them in a aluminum cookie pan and placed them back in the window and kept them watered. They grow pretty fast when they do decide to come up. Some I planted in bigger container until the weather was warm enough to plant them out side. I think I only had one die from the 98 I grew. Hope this helps to answer your question.
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