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Walnut Tree Question??

From: jma157@remove_this_psu.edu (Jeff Ackerman)
Newsgroups: rec.gardens
Subject: Re: Walnut Tree Question??

"Blane Howland" <bhowland@kp-cnppp-s001.rl.kodak.com> writes:

>How do I get a walnut tree from walnut's? I want to have a walnut tree
>on my property. This lady has a big walnut tree, so I asked her if I could
>have some walnuts? She gave me a bag of last years brown walnuts can I get a
>nice tree from planting last years walnuts? The walnut's that were picked
>last year, are they good to grow? Or is fresh better for germinating?
>All reply's welcome!

Cover the nut with 2 inches of soil. Seedlings are susceptible to frost damage. Walnuts, like other trees, require you to "break dormancy" by exposing them to typical winter temperatures prior to planting. It takes 3 to 4 months at 34 to 40 degrees F. Beware however, that most vegetables won't grow around walnuts. They put out a chemical called juglone in the roots that will kill most other plants. Tomatoes are especially affected. Corn and raspberries are somewhat resistant. There are others.


From: schaem@velo.engr.sgi.com (Greg Schaem)
Newsgroups: rec.gardens
Subject: Re: Walnut Tree Question??

I knew that some people get walnuts from their walnut trees. I have a big english walnut tree which produces an incredible amount of walnuts. Just before they are ripe five or six squirrels come and eat every single one. I am not kidding, they eat every walnut. I cannot isolate the tree without destroying my garden shed, an apple tree and a fence. I can't shoot the squirrels because bullets will fall on neighbors. They seem to show up for the walnuts only, and don't bother anything else in the garden. The tree is theirs wether I like it or not.

That said, I have had walnuts sprout after a winter in the compost bin.


From: Scott Miller <millers@mitokor.com>
Newsgroups: rec.gardens
Subject: Re: Walnut Tree Question??

I assume your talking about the American Black Walnut not the English variety.
Don't know much about the latter. My pop used to send me around the farm when I was a kid, planting about four inches deep with new walnuts with the outer husk just about to rot. Only four in ten reached hip high and about 2 in ten are adult trees today. We figured that the squirrels can smell the walnut and will dig them up. In fact I think squirrels store nuts this way and allot of trees far from the mother appear all over the forest when the squirrels forget where they are. The planted walnuts have just a small tree the first few years but it's establishing a very strong root then it just shoots up in height. The year old nuts that we stored in the root cellar, sans husk, had alot of old maids. To husk the nuts we dumped them in the drive way and let the cars and tractors drive over them. You can also use and old fashioned corn husker if you have one. I would go with fresh nuts in the fall. They probably need to treated to cold winter like some bulbs to initiate germination. $0.02


From: oldfashioned@my-dejanews.com
Newsgroups: rec.gardens.edible
Subject: Re: Butternuts

In article <23015-367D031F-11@newsd-113.bryant.webtv.net>,
nene22@webtv.net (Anita Dingman) wrote:
> We used to have lots of butternut trees around when I was a child (in
> the 40ties) but lately there don't seem to be many and the ones there
> are seem to be diseased like the Elm trees. Is there a new disease that
> is killing these trees or did the Elm disease just move to the
> butternuts?

There is, sadly, a new disease killing butternut trees from the East through the Midwest. All our old trees are gone in Vermont now, though the forest service did take some cuttings from (hopefully) disease-resistant trees in the midwest and started them at a research plot here a few years ago. No word yet on how well they're doing.

Cathy http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/7994 http://www.onelist.com/subscribe.cgi/heirloomgardening

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