Our seeds include the pods which are attached very tightly to the seed. The pod is a paper like substance and will not interfere with germination. There is no need to remove it before planting.
Germination takes 2-3 weeks and will continue over a long period of time.
Plant: 1/4 inch deep or less. Seeds will sprout as the soil temperatures increase during the summer.
On the seed source: Since introducing this we are now more confident than ever this selection was from a California source at one time. However it is possible that over the course of cultivating it and it naturally hybridization it is not the same as the original source which in some cases is considered by some botanists more of a geographical race than a species. Our seed source was meant as a vigorous Amorpha seed selection for wider cultural distribution and not as a replacement for wild or uncultivated 'pure' Amorpha californica.
Image By Anthony Valois and the National Park Service
|Genus & Species||Amorpha californica|
|Seed Source||Originally from an arboretum planting. Subspecies frequently hybridize in mixed plantings like this.|
|Hardiness||-20F at our farm.|
|Height (ft)||8-15-Taller than other species.|
|Pollination Requirements||Self fertile.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Easy to sprout and grow. The first year plants look a bit run over and rather spindly as they put their roots down. As they continue into their second year these will grow to 2-3 ft. easily. Some selection could be done for natural hybrid types with strong growth and good seed production.|