The quick and convenient guide to growing your Screwbean Mesquite trees!
Growing A Honey Mesquite Tree From Seed.
Screwbean mesquite trees are a beautiful drought tolerant tree that pops with lovely bright yellow flowers in the Spring. Screwbean mesquite trees are a member of the legume family and actually add nitrogen into the soil surrounding the tree. Growing a screwbean mesquite from seed is rewarding, but getting mesquite trees to germinate can be tricky and requires several steps for success.
Growing A Screwbean Mesquite Tree From Seed In 5 Steps
1. Prep your planting space. Maximum screwbean mesquite seed germination occurs at temperatures of 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Screwbean mesquite seeds will do best when sown .25 inches into soil.
2. Screwbean mesquite seeds can be lightly scarred with a knife, file, or piece of sandpaper to create a light wound on the hard exterior shell.
3. Soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours.
4. Place your screwbean 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 your screwbean seedlings 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.
Screwbean Mesquite Tree Care Tips
When growing screwbean mesquite trees, you should know that they thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 11. Screwbean mesquite trees are highly tolerant of heat and highly drought resistant established. Screwbean mesquite trees thrive in full sun, and are not picky about the soil type as long as it is well draining. Because Screwbean mesquite trees are desert plants regulating the amount of irrigation they get is an important part of ensuring your Screwbean mesquite trees with thrive. If your screwbean mesquite trees get too much water, it will grow very fast and the wood will be weak.
Honey Mesquite Tree