rhoras at nuttrees.com
Wed Jan 4 12:07:19 EST 2006
I find that soaking the nut seeds in cold water for 2 to 3 days in the
spring just before planting. I change the water daily. This applies to
Pecans and English (Carpathian) walnuts. I just store the nuts after
proper drying and curing in the fall in a cool dry location until
spring. Germination is excellent.
At 09:16 AM 04/01/2006, you wrote:
>At 10:03 PM 1/3/2006, Topgun wrote:
>>Some commercial nurserymen just soak the intact nuts in water for 5 days.
>>One says he does not change the water but I would recommend it.
>That is what I do - I don't even bother stratifying pecans anymore; I just
>store them in the barn, then when I'm ready to plant in the spring, I soak
>the nuts for 4-5 days, changing the water daily. I get good germination
>rates - well over 90% .
>For whatever reason, though, shagbark hickory nuts handled in the same
>manner usually give me very low germination rates - it seems that they
>really need cold, moist stratification.
>Your seedlings will be a crapshoot, of sorts, with regard to nut quality
>&/or disease resistance - and you'll likely be waiting somewhere between
>12-20 years(or possibly more) for your seedling pecans to come into
>production. You could, however, plant them out, grow them for 2-3 years,
>then graft to named varieties that have been proven to be productive in
>your area. Doing this would give you nuts of know quality in about half
>the time you'd have to wait for a seedling to bear.
>I have a friend in NJ who's got a big collection of pecans, hickories, and
>walnuts. He could give you good advice as to which varieties would be
>your best bet for production on LI, as I wouldn't anticipate his climate
>to be radically different from your own.
>USDA Cold Zone 6
>AHS Heat Zone 7
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