How to Plant a Pecan Seed


Pecans are nutritious nuts that are native to the Americas. They have a sweet, earthy flavor that can be enjoyed on its own or used in recipes. Like many other nuts, pecans can be expensive to buy. An easy solution to this is to grow your own pecan tree so that you always have a ready supply of these nuts in your own yard. Pecan trees take a little work to get them established, but once they start to grow, they generally flourish quickly.

Step 1

Gather pecans in the fall as they drop from a tree. Store them in a cool area until February. An ideal temperature is 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not let the pecans drop below 35 F during this period.

Step 2

Prepare a spot to plant the seed in mid-February. Pecan trees should have plenty of sunlight and a large open area. Dig a hole 4 inches deep and 4 inches wide. Set the soil aside and break it up with a shovel to remove any large clumps.

Step 3

Put a pecan nut still in its shell in a mesh bag; this is your pecan seed. Place the bag with the seed in running water for one to three days. Sitting water will work but not as quickly or effectively. A stream or river is an ideal spot to soak the seed. Check it regularly so that you notice when the shell cracks open. The seed is ready to plant once it starts to open.

Step 4

Place the seed on its side in the prepared planting site. Fill in the hole with soil and add water. Keep the soil very moist, but not soggy, at all times.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Mesh bag


  • Texas A&M University: Pecan Seed Germination
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