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How to grow joshua tree seeds #302118
Dec 31st, 2009 at 08:12 AM
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Hello, yesterday I bought joshua tree seeds but I am uncertain to how to make them grow. The instructions say to put 3 seeds in a 16 inch wide x 24 inch deep pot. Then they tell you to keep the strongest seedling that germinated and pull out the others. What do I do with the other seeds and how deep do I plant them? Are there other ways to plant these seeds.

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Re: How to grow joshua tree seeds [Re: bobey] #302123
Dec 31st, 2009 at 09:06 AM
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Welcome, bobey.
I looked into the forum for hints but I didn't find much there. A further search gave me info that said your big deep pot is right on because of the root system the joshua trees have.
And then I also found this site with a couple of additional answers for you.
http://my.gardenguides.com/forums/topic/43868
I don't know your zone or what you may have for growing areas but it looks like joshua trees can be transplanted after sprouting to an outdoor area if they will grow in your zone.


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Re: How to grow joshua tree seeds [Re: Tina] #302124
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Thanks alot for the help Tina. When I plant my seed in the big pot how deep should I plant the seed.

Re: How to grow joshua tree seeds [Re: bobey] #302125
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I would not plant more than an inch down.


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Re: How to grow joshua tree seeds [Re: Tina] #302134
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Ok then, I will buy a 16x24 pot. Then I'll put my seed in water for a few days and then I will plant in that huge pot. The thing that worries me is that will there be root rot since that pot is so big or will it not matter since it's a tree and it needs big roots?

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Joshua trees are a desert dwelling plant. They need a fast draining soil. They have basically two sets of roots. One that takes up water and nutrients as do most plants. And the second set stores extra water in case it has to go through a drought. Almost like a bulb stores moisture or the trunk of a palm tree. That is why it needs such a large pot to establish those roots. Unless you let it sit in water or water too often you should not have a root rot problem. After your plant is established, you need to let it dry out a bit between watering. And a sandy cactus mix is the best soil for this one.


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Update, a few month ago I put two JT seeds in a bowl of water. Since then I have left them there. A month ago I was watering my plants and I discovered a JT seedling that has sprouted. I don't know if it is one but it sure looks like it. So, I scooped it out to put it in a small seperate pot. It is now growing alot. Something weird is happening thaught. flowers are coming out of one of the leaves!?!?!??!. Is this normal? Do joshua trees have flowers this early?

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