After the woes of scarifying honey locust seeds, they were soaked for a few more hours is fresh not quite boiling water. Bee pickup required a few days at the farm, so the seeds were planted regardless if they had swelled. Many seeds had swelled.
The experiment closely resembles the Persimmon experiment with one notable difference in the plain soil used in the recipe. As Gleditsia triacanthos is a leguminous tree, the soil in which it grows requires a specific bacterial population in the microbe ecosystem to facilitate the nitrogen fixing symbiotic relationship with roots. Therefore some soil was dug at the base of parent Honey Locust trees to inoculate the seed starting mix.
Seed starter soil recipe:
The basic recipes are:
Control: 4 parts aged manure/wood shavings compost, 1 part worm castings, 1 part plain soil 1 part soil from under a parent tree
Group 1: Control recipe plus 2 parts perlite included
Group 2: Group 1 recipe but top layer is entirely perlite
Seed starting trays with 72 cells acquired from walmart for <$6 are the container in which the seeds are planted. All seeds were planted in pairs at a depth of .5 inches.
Other than the inclusion of bacterially rich soil, everything is identical to the the Persimmon setup.
Here is the finished tray:
From left to right:
Persimmon seed tray > Honey Locust seed tray > Misfits and leftovers seed tray
7 thoughts on “Honey Locust Germination Experiment”
I’d like you to know I’m watching this experiment intently. Please keep updating. I’m very interested in propagating tree species myself.
Will do! I’ll post an update profile tomorrow in stead of my original plan with a bee hive update. The honey locusts are exploding while there persimmons are coming along a little slower.
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Don’t worry I have plenty of interest in bees as well.
Hah, I could have figured that based on your avatar! I don’t have a good picture but my honeylocust are sprouting so vigorously that they look like zombie arms coming out of a graveyard!
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