buckeye seeds

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Old 08-29-08, 03:25 PM
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Question buckeye seeds

I have a small basket of american buckeyes ( about 50 ) and i want to try and grown a buckeye tree next year from them.
I figured I would have to plant all of them in order to get a couple good seedlings next spring.
Is there anyone here with expeirence in growing a tree from seeds?

I thinking that they need to be planted and hardend off thru the winter outside to grow naturally but is there more i can do to insure a good plant next year or maybe in a pot ?

I don't know when they have to be planted or what care i can give them except a screen to protect them from squirrles maybe.
Any advice?
 
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Old 10-18-08, 05:41 PM
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Hi WWC,

Ohio buckeye aka American buckeye aka Aesculus glabra, you should know "The bark and seeds contain a narcotic glucoside considered poisonous to livestock, leading many landowners to eradicate it."
http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics...lus/glabra.htm

Germination from this site:
http://tomclothier.hort.net/page10.html

Aesculus glabra, Ohio Buckeye, zone = 5, sow 3 months @ 39F, move to 70F for germination.

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Old 10-19-08, 12:07 AM
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thats interesting reading, thanks.

I know around here the squirrels hardly let the nuts hit the ground before they eat them.
it's very hard to time it so a person can pick up some for planting like i did.

My dogs don't seem interested in eating them and i'm not sure now if they are poisonous to them but it makes me worry some now.
 
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Old 10-19-08, 12:23 PM
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Apparently the chemical isn't toxic to all animals. My caveat here would be that planting many of these trees would open the potential for many more seeds once the trees mature. That would allow the possibility that the dogs could find more of the seed. I did a google with:
buckeye + toxic + dog
and it appears it can cause problems.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...og&btnG=Search

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Old 10-19-08, 09:55 PM
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wow i didn't know that.
it's our state tree and there are still several around the area and it never seemed to be an issue with anyone.
I will have to think more about whether I will plant them here.
 
 

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