[nafex] Grafting filberts/hazels

Sam Franc franc at harborside.com
Sat Sep 16 16:02:32 EDT 2000

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I don't know why you want to graft filberts.
They seem to root very readily from cuttings here in Oregon.
>From what I hear 95% of the filberts grown in the US are grown in Oregon.
I watched a large filbert orchard being started this year.
Several acres.
They just stuck cuttings in the ground where they want the trees.
It looks like they have at least 95% takes this fall.
When I want some new trees, I just stick some cuttings in the ground where I want
them to grow.
Makes it easy to get a filbert hedge.
The squirrils get most of my nuts.
Thet must bury them because I see little filbert seedlings coming up far away from my

jhecksel at voyager.net wrote:

> One of Mid-Michigan's fruit/nut growers grafts filberts commercially.  It is not
> easy to get takes.  Sid is a nice guy but Sid does not talk much.
> What he does say:
> -Filberts are very fussy about callousing temperature.  He built a building to
> callous filbert grafts in.  He keeps the temp very close to 80 F.  He places the
> grafted rootstock in a large pot and callouses the whole shebang in his building.
> He does not worry if it pushes leaves because he has little shock since he leaves
> it in the pot.
> -He often  use a simple splice graft.  That may be due to the large diameters he
> sometimes works with.....it might be due to the tendency for the top part of the
> rootstock to slough-off....as noted by Gordon
> -He leaves a "nurse bud" at the top of the rootstock, also pointed out by Gordon.

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