Easiest Way To Grow Pecan Nut and Walnut Trees Ever!

walnuts and pecan nuts growing

I always try to keep my farming/gardening as natural as possible for various reasons but mostly to save time. For example, I don’t remove every single weed – if the weed is not chocking up any other more useful plants it is free to grow as it wishes. I enjoy conventional gardens and think they look nice but such sterility is not for me.

When reading up on how to grow pecan nut and walnut trees I read at length about stratification. This is the process whereby nuts (seeds) are kept in cold conditions to break down the enzymes which prevent the seed from germinating in the middle of winter and dying. But I didn’t have any space in my freezer for nuts and I had bags and bags of the things from the trees. I decided to do an experiment and mimic Nature so I threw the nuts out into an empty soil bed in the ground on the South facing side of my house. This part of the house was quite shady which meant that the temperature remained a constant cold temperature in winter. Constant cool temperatures are a must with seeds – extremes of heat can kill them. I then covered the nuts with potting soil and kept the soil moist, watering about once or twice a week. Now, I have about 10 trees coming up. The germination ratio is not great – there were about 100 nuts in the ground, but the purpose was to see if a very lazy approach to nut tree germination would work and it did. In addition, the nuts were not harvested as soon as they fell, and put into the cool soil immediately – most of them had been lying on the ground for days – and these are all things that decrease the chances of germination which means the seeds that did germinate were the strongest of the bunch.

 

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Lara Whybrow

Executive Director at Ethical Suppliers (Pty) Ltd
Lara Whybrow is the founder and website developer/content writer at Ethical Suppliers. She loves growing all manner of things, particularly rare plants or edibles and used to keep a small flock of free range chickens. She is passionate about getting more people to grow organic food for themselves and selling the excess or giving it to those less fortunate.
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Posted on: October 20, 2015, by : Lara Whybrow

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