Yucca, Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) seeds

$4.95

Family: Agave (Agavaceae)

Hardy to Zone 6 to 12

Long-lived perennial tree native to the Mojave Desert of California, growing to 30 feet tall.  Individual trees have been dated to over 1,000 years old.  A striking curiosity for potted culture or desert landscape.  Seeds and flower buds edible.  Plant prefers full sun and dry soils.  Soak seeds overnight and plant in very warm, fast-draining medium.  Germination in 1 to 3 weeks.

10 seeds per packet
10 g contains ~80 seeds
100 g contains ~800 seeds

Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

 

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  1. Question

    Allegra Chesnut

    You mention that both flower buds and seeds are edible. Can you tell me how large the plant has to be before it flowers? Can it grow large enough in containers (24″ planters) to flower? I’m flat out of room in my raised bed garden and containers are my only option. Zone 10a here. Thanks for your advice.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hello allegra, nice to hear from you, I can’t really recommend joshua tree on the basis of its edibility–it takes them decades to flower. dragon fruit cactus would be my recommendation–good in containers in a z 10, fruits very tasty, i have these fruiting now in my greenhouse. grow 3 for pollination. they can even share the same container. r

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    • Allegra Chesnut

      Thanks you for clearing that up; I’ll do as you suggest. Though I think I’ll still order some Joshua tree seeds. Lately I’ve been reading that they could well be headed for extinction in the wild given climate change, so time to preserve another threatened species. I appreciate your willingness to advise your customers and share your knowledge with us. It’s a rare thing to find these days.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hello allegra, a major motivation for growing joshua tree is indeed to conserve the species. you are right, r

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    Mike M

    Can these be grown in NM desert above 7,000 ft?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      This is a high desert species but not usually as high as 7000 feet. The potted trees are pretty adaptable–you might have trouble trying to grow it in the ground. r

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    • Bear Hunter

      I’m in zone 6 here in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Would this grow here?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hello bear! no, this would not grow outdoors in michigan, you’d have to keep it as a potted plant, protected in the winter. r

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    • Christina Ayon

      Zone 9b what arey chances of growing this beauty??

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi christina, 9b is good for joshua tree. it wouldn’t be cold that would hold it up, rather moisture, too much of which can be fatal to them. provide sun, fast-draining soil and protect from rain. r

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