Propagating Che (Maclura tricuspidata)

Is anyone familiar with propagating Che? Is it easy or difficult? What’s the process?

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I thought about getting one a while back, but the threads on here give them bad reviews.

In case your not talking about grafting. One of the things they said is if they are not grafted they basically turn into a giant clump of thorns that keeps spreading from roots.

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I got 2, darrow and norris, they are grafted in osange orange, i heard if you propagate by cuttings/airlayer on their own roots they turn into a beast and grow everywhere. I might try one day ahah

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I have grafted several on Osage orange .
I collect Osage orange fruit , hedge apples , in the fall .
Making sure they have seeds in them , it seems some have no seeds , others do.
Put the whole fruit in a ~ 3 gal. Pot ,no soil , let sit above ground all winter , freezing , thaw .etc.
By spring the fruit have rotted ,float off pulp in a bucket with water hose. Seeds will be in the bottom.
Plant those in individual pots , grow for a year.
Graft the next spring with Che scions , I cut a ring around the stem to let the latex bleed out a few days before grafting.
Chip budding , whip and tongue , works well .
Wood is Very hard , .make your cuts very carefully !
I don’t like Osage orange in the nursery, Very nasty thorns !
Good luck .


Do you need Osage Orange seeds for Grating Che onto?
I have a ton growing (and few left over seeds already stratified )

(I hit reply under your post to be seen but it never works for me on first posts)

I should have more seeds to share with others as well
(will only mail small amounts in envelope )

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