How to Plant Pecan Trees in Georgia


More than 500 varieties of pecan trees exist, but the most commonly planted varieties in Georgia are the Elliott, Desirable, Schley, Sumner, Stuart and Cape Fear pecan trees. Regardless of what variety you choose, purchase a pecan tree that is 6 to 8 feet tall. The best times to plant a pecan tree in Georgia are in December, January or February. Because temperatures are mild in Georgia, you can plant your pecan trees this early in the season to allow them plenty of time during the growing season to become established.

Step 1

Dig a planting hole for your pecan tree that is 8 inches deeper and 6 to 8 inches wider than the root ball, usually 2-½ to 3 feet deep and 24 inches wide.

Step 2

Loosen the displaced soil well and work in some organic compost. Refill about one-third of the planting hole with the soil, and then water the soil generously to settle it and remove any air pockets.

Step 3

Loosen the outer lateral roots and the taproot gently. Place the pecan tree's roots into the planting hole.

Step 4

Refill the rest of the planting hole with the amended soil until the hole is almost full. Ensure that the graft knot at the bottom of the tree trunk is above the soil surface.

Step 5

Water the soil around the tree well to settle it and remove air pockets. Dig a thin trench around the tree, just beyond the planting hole's perimeter, that is about 12 inches deep. Fill the trench with water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't allow your pecan trees to suffer from a zinc deficiency, which is a common occurrence even in Georgia. Spray your pecan trees with zinc sulfate once or twice each month during the spring and early summer. Avoid fertilizing the pecan tree during the first year after planting it to prevent fertilizer root burn.

Things You'll Need

  • Pecan tree
  • Shovel
  • Organic compost
  • Garden hose


  • Georgia Pecan Commission: Pecan Information
  • The Nursery at Ty Ty: How Do I Plant Pecan Trees?

Who Can Help

  • United States Department of Agriculture: Pecan - Carya Illinoinensis (Wangenh.) K. Koch
Keywords: plant pecan trees, grow pecans, Georgia pecan tree

About this Author

Sarah Terry brings 10 years of experience writing novels, business-to-business newsletters, and a plethora of how-to articles. Terry has written articles and publications for a wide range of markets and subject matters, including Medicine & Health, Eli Financial, Dartnell Publications and Eli Journals.