[NAFEX] osage orange hedge

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Sat Feb 21 21:02:39 EST 2004

The only one I can remember by name is "A Reverence For Wood" by Eric
Sloane.  The book is about 40 years old, though, and surely long out of
print.  I'm sure someone else on the list knows of some actual quotable
reference.  I've read more than one that talked about homesteaders planting
posts of osage orange and having them grow into trees.  Granted, this was in
places like Texas with a warm climate and plenty of summer rainfall.  Here
in Oregon the darn stuff hardly grows.
-Lon Rombough

From: "Peter Knop" <knop at erols.com>
Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2004 19:06:33 -0500
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: [NAFEX] osage orange hedge

Lon, VERY interested in your comment - I have not tried rooting osage orange
(wonder why that did not occur to me - roots sprout like wild when cut, so
branches might root easily.....)
   In any event,every reference I have seen, talks abut seeds.  I have a
book only on hedges which devotes a good part of it to osage (published
1869) and it only talks about seed.  If you could provide any references, I
would most appreciate it.
         Peter, zone 7, N VA Chantilly> Message: 2
> Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 21:22:00 -0800
> From: "Lon J. Rombough" <lonrom at hevanet.com>
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] bletting and storage Maclura and Poncirus
> To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Message-ID: <BC5C2AF8.19979%lonrom at hevanet.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
> Is it necessary to use seed?  Most of the old references talk about living
> fences of Osage Orange resulting from just pushing pieces of the stuff
> the ground so they would root and grow.  If that's the case, seems like
> would be ahead of the game to line out cuttings.
> -Lon Rombough
>  On the Osage (Maclura pomifera), MANY of the seeds have already rotted
> (or been infested with some sort of tiny bug??). If the fruit is still
> greenish/yellowish, seeds seem to be fine, BUT hard to separate.  Any
> suggestions on separation, as well as storage?  We would like to hold some
> over for next year - not to mention next year we want to harvest a lot
> and to prevent the losses we have had this year to "rot" or "bugs" will
> "process" sooner and then store the seed.

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