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100 Creosote bushes (Larrea tridenta) Seeds

100 Creosote bushes (Larrea tridenta) Seeds

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Creosote bushes (Larrea tridenta)

You will receive 100 Creosote bush (Larrea tridenta)seeds.

Creosote bushes (Larrea tridenta) are evergreen shrubs native to the southwestern United States. They grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 to 11. The small, yellow flowers they produce in spring are followed by fuzzy seedpods.

Substances released by the shrubss roots prevent growth of other plants under the shrubs. Creosote bushes are not the source of creosote, but they were named "creosote" because of the odor of their leaves when wet. Creosote bushes usually are grown from seeds, and they are difficult to transplant.

How to Plant Creosote Bush Seeds

Collect creosote bush seeds in late spring through summer. Air-dry the seeds and then store them in a cool dry place until late winter. (We’ve already done this).

Remove the hull from each seed.

Place several seeds in a flat pan and cover them with boiling water. Let the seeds soak in the water overnight.

Sow the seeds in a pot or seedling flat filled with potting soil that drains well.

Cover the seeds with 1/2 inch of the potting soil. Put a board over the top of the pot or seedling flat to keep the container's interior dark.

Check every few days to see whether or not the seeds sprouted.

Remove the board when the seedlings emerge. Thin the seedlings to about three seedlings in a pot.




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