pecan trees - Knowledgebase Question

Roswell, Ne
Question by duranacres
October 26, 2010
can i attempt to root pecan branches at this time? and how is this done?
Thanks you guys are great!!


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Answer from NGA
October 26, 2010

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Thanks for the compliment! It's difficult to root pecan branches but you can certainly try. Mid-summer is best and you'll need 6-8 inch long semi-ripe tip cuttings. Strip the lower leaves from the cutting, dip the cut end in rooting hormone, and place them in a container filled with moistened potting soil. Take several cuttings and you may get a few new saplings. A more reliable way of propagating a pecan tree is to plant the pecans.

Collect pecans as soon as they fall from the tree and place the pecans in a bowl of room-temperature water. Allow them to soak for 24 hours.

Pour moist sand into a plastic bag until it reaches 3 inches from the bottom. Push the pecans into the sand, seal the bag and place it in the refrigerator for 120 days. Check the sand periodically to ensure that it remains moist.

Prepare a planting spot for the pecans by tilling the soil to a depth of 12 inches. Add a 3-inch layer of compost to the soil and mix it to a depth of 8 inches.

Remove the pecans from the bag in early spring. Plant them, 2 inches deep. Since germination can be spotty, try planting 3 to 5 seeds in each location in which you would like a tree to grow. Mark the area so that you will remember where each group of pecans is planted. After the first year of growth, select which of the trees from each group you will keep. It should be the strongest and straightest. Dig some of the soil away from the weaker trees to locate the root collar (the area in which the top of the rootball joins the stem), and cut them off just slightly below that area. This will give you a single tree in each landscape spot.

Best wishes with your project!

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