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The last savage 15-Nov-17
Two part question for the crowd. First, has any one planted thornless honey locust from seed pods? From what I can tell, they have a hard seed coat and have to be boiled or somehow broken through and then can germinate. Second, do deer eat the pods? I have one in my yard and while I have tracks all around it I have never actually seen a deer eating them. I collected a bunch of pods and am going to shell out the seeds. Thinking of hand seeding a few for giggles. Again, these are thornless so I'm not worried about punctured tires or anything.
Not sure about the planting part, but deer absolutely love the pods. Other wildlife too.
I used to hunt a farm that was loaded with Honey Locust. I've witnessed deer eat the pods several times.
Absolutely they eat Honey locust pods. If you break the pod apart long ways, you can see a gold gel in there surrounding the seeds - that is the "honey" and it is actually very sweet.
Thanks guys! Anybody direct sowed seeds like this?
The deer do the sowing for you. They eat the pods and crap the seeds out, spreading the trees everywhere. They are a PITA around here, at least the thorny locusts are. The deer love the pods. They look like they’re eating a piece of jerky. They start on one end and work towards the other end. I’ve never seen them drop one while eating them.
From: The last savage
I once had a stand that was for the sole purpose of over looking a honey locust grove,,the deer loved um!
Stratify the seeds in the refrigerator. Once they are stratified file a notch in the seed coating and plant in a potting soil. Before you plant and after you notch the seed dip the seed in a hormonal powder. Hope this helps you.
Taken a week ago. Look close, you can see the pod sticking out the left side of her mouth. They are slamming them here, right now.
Thanks again all. This site always amazes me with its knowledge base.