Nut-bearing trees are valued for providing edible fruits, natural beauty and shade and habitats for wildlife. Some are difficult to maintain and are prone to pests and disease. Most, however, are highly adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions. The pecan tree grows best in warm climates. With proper nutrition it will add true value to the landscaping site.
When growing nut trees for their fruits, choose selected cultivars that have been grafted onto seedling stock. Trees raised from seed many not produce quality fruits. Trees for ornamental purposes can be successfully grown from seed.
While young pecan trees do need a ready source of nutrients to promote healthy growth, they should not be fertilized in the first year of planting. A soil sample taken prior to planting can help determine fertilizer and lime needs for the plant.
Pecans evolved in very specific forest conditions and so need a specialized fertilizer to ward off insects and disease. Fertilizers that quickly release large amounts of nitrogen into the soil encourage weak growth that could lead to structural problems.
Young pecan trees are often injured by feeding rodents and other wildlife. Rodent guards can be made, or purchased from nurseries or gardening supply stores. The guard protection should remain in place from 5 to 7 years.
Practicing good orchard ground management is essential to insect prevention. Keeping the grounds free of leaves, limbs and other debris helps eliminate a breeding ground for pests. Avoid using equipment or machinery that may have been used at another orchard. They can transport unwanted eggs and larvae.
- Pecan and History Trees
- Texas Pecan
- 1001 Hints and Tips for Your Garden; Reader's Digest' 1996
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