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Free Hura crepitans -Dynamite/Sandbox Tree- Seeds


Loxahatchee Adam

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I have some fresh Hura crepitans seeds available off my tree here. I've yet to hear any do their namesake dynamite pop though.  The pods are all maturing on the tree and opening on their own.  When I take the seeds out, they are soft/leathery shelled and white. No hard brown seed coat. I'm not sure if they will air dry to that or?  They feel firm and fully formed inside though.  I attached a pic (seeds laid out are from larger pod).

I'm not sure if it's better to wait till they harden off first or send them fresh and soft.  Anyone have any insight they can post here?  

Send a PM if interested. 

 

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"but once they dry into seed capsules, they become ticking time bombs. When fully mature, they explode with a loud bang and fling their hard, flattened seeds at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour and distances of over 60 feet. The shrapnel can seriously injure any person or animal in its path. "

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sandbox-tree/sandbox-tree-information.htm

 

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David Simms zone 9a on Highway 30a

200 steps from the Gulf in NW Florida

30 ft. elevation and sandy soil

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Okay, this is badass

"Ph'nglui mglw'napalma Funkthulhu R'Lincolnea wgah'palm fhtagn"
"In his house at Lincoln, dread Funkthulhu plants palm trees."

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23 hours ago, Loxahatchee Adam said:

I have some fresh Hura crepitans seeds available off my tree here. I've yet to hear any do their namesake dynamite pop though.  The pods are all maturing on the tree and opening on their own.  When I take the seeds out, they are soft/leathery shelled and white. No hard brown seed coat. I'm not sure if they will air dry to that or?  They feel firm and fully formed inside though.  I attached a pic (seeds laid out are from larger pod).

I'm not sure if it's better to wait till they harden off first or send them fresh and soft.  Anyone have any insight they can post here?  

Send a PM if interested. 

 

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This tree sounds fascinating! What have you observed in regards to cold hardiness and water requirements?

Clay

South Padre Island, Zone 10b until the next vortex.

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On February 24, 2016 2:23:48 PM, Alicehunter2000 said:

"but once they dry into seed capsules, they become ticking time bombs. When fully mature, they explode with a loud bang and fling their hard, flattened seeds at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour and distances of over 60 feet. The shrapnel can seriously injure any person or animal in its path. "

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sandbox-tree/sandbox-tree-information.htm

 

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More from your article:

 

"The fruit of the sandbox tree is poisonous, causing vomiting, diarrhea and cramps if ingested. The tree sap is said to cause an angry red rash, and it can blind you if it gets in your eyes. It has been used to make poison darts."

 

Also, the tree mocks your spouse, mutters obscenities, and kicks your dog.

 

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