|Common name||Sweetgum, Red-Gum|
|Therapeutic uses||The resin obtained from the trunk of the tree is antiseptic, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, parasiticide, poultice, salve, sedative, stimulant, vulnerary. It is chewed in the treatment of sore throats, coughs, asthma, cystitis, dysentery etc. Externally, it is applied to sores, wounds, scabies…|
|Germination||Prepare a container for each seed. Fill 10-inch nursery containers with a mix of 3 parts milled peat, 1 part loam and 1 part coarse sand. Saturate the peat mixture with water and let it drain off for 20 minutes before sowing.
Sow two seeds in each container. Press them onto the surface of the peat mixture. Spread a very thin, 1/16-inch-thick layer of coarse sand or pine straw mulch over the seeds. Moisten the sand to settle it.
Place the potted seeds outdoors under a sheltered, south-facing porch or wall. Provide some light shade at midday to keep the peat mixture from drying out too rapidly.
Watch for germination in 20 to 30 days at temperatures around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Thin out the smaller of the two seedlings from each container, if both seeds successfully germinate.
Grow the seedlings in their nursery containers under partial shade for their first summer. Water weekly to a 2-inch depth. Move them into full sun during the winter. Water only if the weather is dry for longer than two weeks.
|Scarification / Stratification||Place the seeds inside a quart-sized sealable plastic bag filled with 1 cup of moistened perlite. Press the seeds into the perlite. Store the bag inside a refrigerator for one to three months. Check the bag periodically and moisten the perlite when it feels dry.|
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