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August 6, 2016
I've carried a buckeye seed in my pocket that was given to me by a friend for years.
It is dying of old age and I'd like to replace it. I have a native buckeye tree in
my yard that blossomed beautifully this spring, and now has unripe seeds. I am afraid
if I leave them to ripen and fall off the tree the squirrels will get them as they
have in the past. Can I cut them now and let them dry in a place in the house?
Let them fully ripen, and when the pod opens to expose the shiny seeds, then harvest
one to carry around. If the seed is under-ripe, it will deteriorate quickly. Ripe
seeds should last for years in your pocket.
April 2, 2016
I have a 2x25 bed which is well drained and gets some west and east shade. I have
not tested the soil. I would like to plant two buckeye plants. Do you have a source?
I also would like to plant for butterflies. Any suggestions?
If you want to plant buckeyes from seed, you will have to wait until fall, since they
lose viability very quickly after harvest. They are also readily available as plants
from local nurseries. I was at Garvan Gardens this week, and they were selling numerous
seedlings. There are many plants which attract butterflies. Some of the more important
species include milkweeds, asters, Echinacea, spicebush and Joe pye weed. Butterflies
prefer bright red and purple blooms, but will go to others colors. They like a wide
landing area and a narrow tubed nectar flower. They also need more than nectar plants
for the adult butterfly; they also need places to lay eggs, food plants for their
larvae (caterpillars), and places to form chrysalides.
After an exhausting search last year, I was finally able to locate and purchase a
Red Buckeye Tree for my Mother's 80th birthday. Now I think the tree is dead. I would
greatly appreciate any advice on this type of tree and where I may purchase another
Last growing season was tough on established plants, so doubly hard on newly planted
trees and shrubs. Give your buckeye a chance to start growing before you start replanting.
Buckeyes form a taproot quickly when grown from seed, which makes them fairly tough.
I have not looked at our nurseries for a buckeye for awhile but I would not expect
them to be that difficult to find. Check with your local nurseries, and if they don’t
carry them, two that carry a wide variety of natives include Pine Ridge Gardens in
London, Arkansas and Custom Landscape in Mt. Vernon, Arkansas.
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