pecan tree - Knowledgebase Question

upper marlboro, Ma
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Question by cheryl506
July 13, 2010
I live in maryland and I have 2 pecan trees from north carolina. The pecans form but are not ripe or complete. What can I do for them to produce eatable nuts? Thanks, C. Franklin

Answer from NGA
July 13, 2010
Because pecans require well over 200 frost-free days for the nuts to reach maturity, your summer may not be quite long enough for the nuts to mature. Pecan production in the United States is restricted pretty much to the southern states and California, those that fall within growing Zones 7 to 9. You are in USDA zone 6B which places you in the warmest part of the zone so it's possible that some years your trees will produce nuts and other years you won't get any because of the weather. All you can do is hope for a long, hot summer!

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