Honey Locust - Chinese Medicinal (Gleditsia sinesis) -zào jia 20 Seeds
Zones 6-9 (we are conducting trials in zone 5 and 4 right now)
Known as zào jia in China, Confederate Pin Tree in the Southern US because those thorns were used to pin uniforms together during the Civil War.
There is an enormous amount of research into the medicinal use of Geditsia sinesis thorns. The plant has been used in China for over 2000 years. It contains a natural detergent as well.
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Pre-soak for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in spring when the weather is reliably warm. The seed should have swollen up, in which case it can be sown, if it has not swollen then soak it for another 24 hours in warm water. If this does not work then file away some of the seed coat but be careful not to damage the embryo. Further soaking should then cause the seed to swell. One it has swollen, the seed should germinate within 2 - 4 weeks at 68°F, 20°C. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual deep pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Give the plants some protection from the cold for their first few winters outdoors. Fast growing to 40'.
Packet contains 20 seeds.
Pound weight contains approx. 840 seeds