How to Plant Heather & Black Walnuts

Overview

Heather is a perennial evergreen shrub that boasts fragrant, pretty flowers ranging in color from lavender to blush and violet. Heather blooms each spring, as does the black walnut tree. Both species thrive when planted from cuttings, as opposed to growing from seed. Black walnuts can achieve heights of 40 feet tall. The deciduous trees are most commonly found in the northern part of the United States.

Planting Heather

Step 1

Choose a planting area that gets at least 8 hours of sunlight per day. It's even better if the planting bed is facing south.

Step 2

Dig a hole with a shovel or garden spade. It must be twice as wide as the heather plant you purchased, so use the plant as a guide for size. Dampen the soil to make it more manageable.

Step 3

Remove the heather plant from its nursery container. Cut away the container with shears if necessary. Pull the roots out slowly and loosen them if compacted.

Step 4

Place the heather plant in the hole, centered. The base of the plant's foliage should be sitting on the ground level. Fill the hole in with top soil. Pack it down to remove air pockets.

Step 5

Water until moist. Continue to water the ground regularly to keep it damp. Wait until the cooler times of the day to water heather, such as in the morning or evening.

Planting Black Walnuts

Step 1

Collect black walnuts as soon as they fall from the tree in the late fall. Nuts from trees that have matured for at least 30 years make very successful seedlings.

Step 2

Store the nuts in a cup or container of warm water. Once the outer husk is soft enough to peel, remove it by hand. Set aside the black walnuts to dry.

Step 3

Wrap the walnuts in a slightly damp paper towel. Put them inside a plastic bag and seal tightly. Keep in a freezer for 90 to 120 days in order to simulate winter, when the nuts germinate their seeds.

Step 4

Take the black walnuts out of the freezer once the germination is complete, preferably in the early spring. Put potting soil in small planting containers and bury the seeds 6 inches deep.

Step 5

Add extra soil and pack it down. Water it until moist, pressing out air pockets by hand.

Step 6

Move black walnuts outside once they have developed into 6-inch-tall seedlings and have at least two sets of leaves.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid planting heather under trees or in dry sites.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel or spade
  • Pruning shears
  • Heather plant
  • Top soil
  • Water
  • Black walnuts
  • Container
  • Paper towel
  • Plastic bag
  • Potting soil
  • Small planting containers

References

  • Heathers.com: Heather Planting Instructions
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Black Walnut
  • Tom Clothier's Garden Walk and Talk: Growing & Processing Black Walnuts
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