It would be massively cheaper to get 1000 or so seed than 1000 or so rooted plants to transplant (both plant costs and labour costs getting them established). I've seen them for sale on ebay for example.
Regarding the locust - if you have suitable groves near you you could go and transplant a few suckers. They frequently send up new stems from their roots many 10s of meters from the original trunk. They are especially prone to this where the ground has been disturbed and the roots cut and damaged. To take this approach to the next level, you could try digging up a few meters of root cutting it into foot long sections and planting it in the ground. These root cuttings may well shoot for you. (I've not tested this - but it wouldn't cost you more than an hour of your time).
John Elliott wrote:Purchase?!? This is the time of year to be taking cuttings. Whenever you go out, take your pruning shears with you and be ready to snip. When you see a good candidate, give it a trim. Here a propagation protocol on how to do it.
He he he, well all the Honey Lucust I come across up here is thornless! I don't have any I could trim up for anyone.
Almost impossible to find, and all I can find appear to have been planted ! Big AL!
One more thing, my old redneck neighbor calls it a "M. F.'er Tree" (ok a little more french than that).... Cause "It don't matter how ya grab it, that mother F 'er is gonna stick ya!" haha
Allen Herod wrote:I bet it would be VERY easy to propogate Osage cuttings. My land is covered with them, big and small. .... I have some that are HUGE and have surprisingly straight sections.
I don't know about timber framing, but bowyers will pay through the nose for straight-grained osage. (For example, at Trad Gang (tradgang.com) and Paleo Planet (http://paleoplanet69529.yuku.com/forums/).)
If you've got an abundance, it could be the home-based business everyone dreams of.
Otherwise my preferred commercial online source for trees is Musser Forests
The have a huge variety of trees and have been really good to deal with through the years. And their prices have mostly been competitive with any other source I have found. I just looked and they list honeylocust(theirs is thorn less which might be a problem) and osage orange. It has been a few years since I ordered from them but their service was good and reliable and the plants packed well when they arrived.
My nursery and farm are in Iowa (zone 5b). We have thousands of Osage Orange, Chinese Chestnut, Hawthorne, black locust, and other trees for living fences and hedges.
Check out our in-stock. We ship bare root in Spring.
here's the inventory spreadsheet:
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