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Clinglish starts with ...
I am looking for a supply of Osage orange seeds or pods to proper gate my own seedlings for my farm in Western Australia if anyone can help it would be appreciated cheers 0433971462
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28th December 2014 1:04am
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sbmshaw says...
I got some from the US, before they tightened the law on seeds, will be planting out about 300 down in Bridgetown this year, and have slightly older ones from last year and the year before, years off seeds but they do work from cuttings and I would certainly let you have some cutting next winter.
Other than that I got them on ebay... quite cheap and a very high germination rate
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29th July 2015 6:36pm
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Manfred says...
Why would you want to plant osage oranges?

There were once some healthy trees growing across the road from Araluen Hotel (NSW) and they may still be there though the last time I passed through there was no fruit in evidence. Try calling the publican and asking him/her to send you some fruits if they are still there.

I am told the Osage Indians used the wood for bows, but we have better materials for that these days. Perhaps the ones on front of the Araluen pub are an inferior strain, because there was nothing in them but a bit of twisted pith.
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jakfruit etiquette says...
More than likely the Osages already got all the good bits for bow making, leaving the less useful twisted bits ??
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Carl76 says...
Always thought it was only grown for the wood, the fruit is inedible.
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29th July 2015 10:12pm
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Manfred says...
Now you've got me fascinated. Next time I'm passing through Araluen, which I generally do every year or so, I might grab a fruit or even dig up a seedling.

I looked it up on Wikipedia and it looks like a good specimen for my southern arboricultural activities. Wouldn't want more than one or two though.

Still interested in hearing why anyone would plant a big number of them.

(My takeout from wikipedia- Maclura pomifera in the family Moraceae. Wood good for firewood, better than yew for bows [but not everyone agrees] some sort of dye from the roots, fruit inedible but probably not poisonous. )
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sternus1 says...
Osage orange, or as it is called in the US, 'hillbilly hand grenade' is indeed inedible, and is only used as a rootstock. Seedless che is grafted onto O.Orange.
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Manfred says...
OK Sternus, enlighten us- do you have or have you tried seedless che? Is it any good, or just another mulberry type fruit?

I did look it up but didn't come away very enlightened. Any mulberry I have ever tasted could best be characterised as chook food, but the che looked good in the pictures.
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sternus1 says...
On point A I can neither confirm nor deny. On point B, yes, I have tried mandarin melonberry, though the seeded kind. Quite good, difficult to describe. Kind of like rockmelon with a dash of strawberry, and fig-like flavour. Texture similar to papaya of all things, not mealy as I had assumed they'd be. Certainly nothing like Mulberries--at least no mulberry I've tried. There are feral trees throughout Victoria.

I suggest trying red shahtoot. I'm yet to taste a better mulberry.
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Bangkok says...
http://demoerbeiboom.be/nl/catalogus/che-fruit

This shop sells grafted seedless che but only in Belgium.

They write that its very sweet and juicy and taste like melon/fig, they are thornless.

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31st July 2015 5:37am
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Esperance says...
The dried skin of the this fruit is a fabulous dye for silk and wool and probably fabric. It gives anywhere from a pale yellow to bright orange colour. It doesn't need a mordant. The dried skins will last 20 years or more and still dye a beautiful colour. I have no idea what they taste like but I would like to have one in my garden.
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Clinglish says...
Well I have managed to bring some whole fruit back with me from Melbourne. I had it treated as per the AG dept order and I now need some advice as to the best method of getting the seed from the fruit. We don't get a lot of frosts here in Brunswick junction so I am not sure how to go about getting the seeds to sprout once I get them out. Any advice would be appreciated.
I have read recently that although the outer fruit itself is inedible the seeds within are sought after and taste similar to sunflower seeds.
I would be keen to catch up with sbmshaw
To find out how your plantings in Bridgetown went.
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Manfred says...
Hartman and Kester says a thirty day stratification period; a two day water soak overcomes dormancy and permits germination without stratification.
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oranges571 says...
Hi. Also looking for Osage orange fruit to buy. If can help please let me know. Thanks.
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Joel15 says...
I planted freshly collected seed at the start of Autumn and a couple sprouted within a week or two and the rest have all sprouted over the last few weeks. If the seed wasn't fresh I would've stratified them.
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2nd September 2016 9:07am
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Nim says...
If you know anyone living in Adelaide who could send you some, there's a big old tree in one of the carparks of Morialta National Park. I brought some of the fruit home last time because it smelled so good. Next time I'm over that way, I'll see if they're in fruit.

There are also some growing in Victoria, http://jennie-fraine.blogspot.com.au/2008/05/osage-oranges-in-victoria-australia.html, and apparently they are common in botanic gardens too, so there might be some in Perth.

(I appreciate the problem. I'm trying to figure out if I'll ever be able to have a Strawberry Gum in Adelaide.)
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Madeleine says...
Do you have any osage orange seeds that would germinate? It sounds like they do well here in Perth.
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oranges571 says...
Hi. If anyone can supplyme with osage oranges i will gladly pay. Thanks
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Stephen hilbert says...
They grow in Bacchus marsh vic. There are seeds everywhere
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5th February 2018 8:24pm
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Phil on the Hill says...
I found a tree recently in fruit on Goonoo Goonoo Creek in the middle of Tamworth.
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Phil

What part of the Creek did you find the Osage orange tree in Tamworth?

Happy gardening :-)
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