[NAFEX] Pecans

Richard O'Barr topgun at otelco.net
Sun Sep 30 20:40:31 EDT 2007


  The nuts will make new trees alright but would not be exactly the same as the parent tree since pecan is heterozygous. Depends on where the pollen came from; another tree or self pollinated.
  Seedlings from selfed trees usually produce smaller nuts on the new tree. As for handling the nuts, growers handle them differently. Some hold them dry in a cool shed and spring plant. This usually results in intermittent emergence or weeks or months. Others place the nuts in a stream after storing dry to wash out the inhibitors.  If you have room, I like to store dry until about 3 months before your last frost, them place them in a moist media in the refrigerator say between 34 and 40 degrees F. Then plant in a normal fashion after 3 months. They should come up in 21 days, more or less. You will have to watch for varmits just as mice, squirrels, and crows which seem to know where the nuts are planted. I frequently start mine in a container for the first year before planting in the soil the next fall. Hope this helps. You can plant 6 or 7 in a 3 gal pot.

  R. D. O'Barr
  Prof/Hort/Ret
  Zone 7


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Judson Frisk 
  To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org 
  Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007 7:07 PM
  Subject: [NAFEX] Pecans


   
  I have a northern variety of Pecan that had nuts this year.  I have picked about an ice cream bucket full off the ground.  I can’t tell if any are solid yet as they still have the green husks.  I only have one tree as the other variety died when I planted the trees. This is the first year that I have ever found nuts. Will they be able to start new trees if I plant them?  And how should I plant them?  The tree is about 25 years old and about 25-30 feet tall.  My persimmon (Early Golden) is loaded and the persimmons that are falling are very sweet this year.  Once I planted a male tree to pollinate the persimmon I have regularly had good crops of persimmons.  Because of the spring freeze that hit our area we have very few apples, pears, or apricots.  But the nut crop in the neighborhood seems large.

  Judson L. Frisk, Logan, Iowa (SW Iowa, Zone 5)




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