[NAFEX] Propagating English Walnut

William Freels w.freels at worldnet.att.net
Fri Mar 9 09:35:37 EST 2007


Ordinary midwestern black walnut for rootstock has always worked for me. 

Ernest Dietrick near Olney Illinois grafted english walnut, at approx. 11 ft. high, onto black walnut and it resulted in a very superior tree.  The nuts are much better than average.
I sent an article about this to Pamona a few years ago.  Maybe you can find this article.  

Ernest was in his 90s when I first saw the tree  and  he told me several times that if he was a young man he would graft 1000s  of such trees because it was the best that he had ever seen.  Ernest is now gone. 

Good luck with your project,
Bill Freels, Paducah, Ky
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Geoffrey Stone 
  To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org 
  Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 12:38 PM
  Subject: [NAFEX] Propagating English Walnut

  NOTE: This was initially sent to Don Basler, the focalizer of the Nut Group. It bounced back so I am submitting it to the list.

      I am a newbie to nafex and plant propagation in general. I recently went to a grafting workshop in Asheville, NC where I was gifted with some English Walnut branches. I'm seeking advise on how best to honor this gift.
  1) Can I cut the branches to into scion wood and attempt to graft to some kind of nut tree common to our community ( www.earthaven.org ) ? Would I use "volunteer" seedlings for root stock found in the community? Should I dig up said seedlings for the grafting process and "bed" the grafted stock for 6 - 8 weeks to give the graft a chance to heal? Is an oak taxonomically (a new word that I picked up) compatible with English Walnut? Another possibility is to attempt to graft to some filberts that someone planted here 5 or 6 years ago. Should I look for some other stock that would be better taxonomically speaking?

  2) Should I cut the branches into scion wood, dip in rooting hormone, and attempt to get them to root? I've had good success w/ elderberry but I gather thats an easy one to propagate.

      I have thoughts of transforming our 350 acres into a forest garden of food producing plants a la the book "1491:New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus" by Charles C. Mann. These thoughts include setting up beds to produce root stock for the various species of plants we want. I understand we will need root stock that is taxonomically compatible with each group of plants. Is there a recommended resource book on such matters? Does it make sense to try to do this ourselves or would it be better to use commercial root stock?

  Geoffrey Stone


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