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Tree Lucerne Tagasaste/Cytisus proliferus Seeds & Seedlings

 
Rick Brodersen
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Location: Bainbridge Island,WA
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I was just reading the most recent ACRES USA mag and there was an article about Tagasaste (tree lucerne) for a forage/fodder crop. The article mentioned Permies which I thought was cool. Anyhow these seeds can be nearly impossible to find in the US due to importing restrictions it seems. I have been experimenting/growing them for the last year. They are hard to Germinate but I do have a few that I'm over wintering for planting next spring.

We have some friends in New Zealand who was working with a local University Extension Program and had stayed with us for a few days. I had mentioned something about permaculture to him and he then told me all about Tagasaste and left some seeds with me to see what I could do with them. I was planning on selling the seedlings next spring but may offer some seeds depending on my stock, I need to count what I have left.

If interested just let me know,

Cheers!
 
Jeff Hodgins
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Very nice I'd like to try growing that sometime, I used to try new crops alot but have been concentrating on what I've prooven to be successful recently.
 
Chris Pampo
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Hi Rick,
I would definitely like to buy some seeds from you if you have extras. I'm really interested in trying to grow tagasaste on my florida homestead for fodder.
Thanks,
Chris
 
Kyrt Ryder
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Location: Graham, Washington [Zone 7b, 47.041 Latitude] 41inches average annual rainfall, cool summer drought
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What does it take to overwinter these in our climate? I'd love to get a bunch of these established on my homestead [and a ton more on the farm I'm looking to establish.]
 
Alder Burns
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Location: northern California
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I have a couple of these too, from seed bought years ago from Hudson's. Freezes into the teens will kill it back...at least the strain that I have.
 
Roger Taylor
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Location: New Zealand
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People in NZ mention using them for cover for frost sensitive plants, for instance, growing tamarillo underneath. Or citrus. I've not heard any reports of longer term feedback, beyond initial plans.

Note that twice I've bought the seeds in New Zealand, and when I went to germinate them, found them to be infested with spider embryos. Opening the seed casing would show a baby spider inside, in place of the seed. And this was the case for most of the seeds. In the end, I bought in seedlings, and have them out in the yard. They've grown rather well, except for the two, which got scythed accidentally. I also loosely plan to plant frost sensitive things under them.

What a wonderful coincidence Rick that you just happened to mention to this New Zealander that was visiting, and he happened to be carrying the seed. New Zealand has very strict importation rules, and I'm very surprised that someone carried seeds into the states or wherever, and just happened to be carrying the one you mentioned I'd be very cautious if I were you.
 
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