How to Grow Pecan Trees From Seed


Native to North America, pecan trees play a large role in American history. The seeds were a staple in the diets of many Native American tribes and used widely by the colonists. As of 2007, the United States produced more than 400 million pounds of pecans, with Georgia the leading producer. Pecan trees require cold winters, summer temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees F and lots of water. Plant your pecan seed in late February.

Step 1

Place the pecan seed in the plastic bag. Seal the bag and place it in the refrigerator, where it should remain for 90 days.

Step 2

Loosen the soil in the planting area, using a rototiller or gardening fork, to a depth of 12 inches.

Step 3

Pour a 3-inch layer of compost and a 2-inch layer of peat moss onto the planting bed and dig it down to a depth of 12 inches. Rake the area smooth.

Step 4

Remove the bag from the refrigerator and place the seed in a bowl of lukewarm water and allow it to remain until it splits. This should take one to three days. The seed must be planted immediately upon splitting.

Step 5

Remove the seed from the bowl of water and plant it, 2 inches deep, in the prepared planting bed.

Step 6

Water the planting area with the fine mist setting on your hose so that you don't wash the seed away. Keep the area moist, not saturated, while the seed germinates. The pecan seed should sprout within eight weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bag
  • Rototiller or gardening fork
  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Bowl


  • National Pecan Shellers Association: History of the Pecan
  • Beltwide Pecan: Pecan Basics
  • Texas A&M University: Pecan Seed Germination
  • Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service: Starting Pecan Trees
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