How to Propagate Osage Orange Trees

Overview

The Osage orange tree is a native of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas which was widely distributed in the U.S. During the middle of the 18th century. Today it is one of the most widely-grown tress in the U.S., forming hedge rows in all 48 contiguous states plus the southern pier of Canada. It's wood is frequently used for fence posts. In order for a female tree to produce seed-bearing fruit, a male tree must be in the vicinity. It is relatively easy to propagate the Osage orange by seeds.

Step 1

Remove seeds from the orange, clean them under running water and pat them dry with a paper towel. If seeds will not be planted until the following spring, place the dry seeds in a sealed glass container and store in the refrigerator.

Step 2

Soak the seeds in room-temperature water for 48 hours just prior to planting.

Step 3

Plant in an area of full to partial sun. Spread 1 1/2 inches of loam on the ground and then use your spade to break up the top 8 inches of soil and mix the loam in well.

Step 4

Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep and firm the soil slightly with your hand. Water well and keep the soil moist. Young Osage orange trees prefer a moist environment. Seeds should sprout within 2 to 3 weeks. Plant trees 20 to 30 feet apart.

Things You'll Need

  • Osage orange seeds
  • Paper towels
  • Sealed glass container
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Spade
  • Loam

References

  • Fact Sheet on the Osage Orange
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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.