The quick and convenient guide to growing your Honey Mesquite trees!
Growing A Honey Mesquite Tree From Seed.
Honey mesquite trees are a beautiful drought tolerant tree that pops with lovely bright yellow flowers in the Spring. Honey mesquite trees are a member of the legume family and actually add nitrogen into the soil surrounding the tree. Growing a honey mesquite from seed is rewarding, but getting mesquite trees to germinate can be tricky and requires several steps for success.
Growing A Honey Mesquite Tree From Seed In 5 Steps
1. Prep your planting space. Maximum honey mesquite seed germination occurs at temperatures of 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Honey mesquite seeds will do best when sown .25 inches into soil.
2. Honey mesquite seeds can be scarred with a knife, file, or piece of sandpaper to create a small wound on the hard exterior shell.
3. Soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours.
4. Place your honey mesquite seeds into a damp paper towel and place inside a plastic shopping bag. Seal off the bag (string works great). Place the seeds in a warm area, that is between 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (21 and 27 degrees Celsius) but out of direct sunlight.
5. Once sprouted transfer sprouts into a planting mix. Make sure not to over water, but keep your new seedlings lightly moist for the first 1-2 months until tap roots are established.
Honey Mesquite Tree Care Tips
When growing honey mesquite trees, you should know that they thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 11. Honey mesquite trees are highly tolerant of heat and highly drought resistant established. Honey mesquite trees thrive in full sun, and are not picky about the soil type as long as it is well draining. Because honey mesquite trees are desert plants regulating the amount of irrigation they get is an important part of ensuring your honey mesquite trees with thrive. If your honey mesquite trees get too much water, it will grow very fast and the wood will be weak.
Honey Mesquite Tree