I was first introduced to the goodness of pecans after my husband and I were married. Robert was born and raised in east Texas so it seemed fitting after we married to move to his home state.
That was twenty some years ago and what I remember most about that move was pecan pie and corn bread stuffing at my first Texas Thanksgiving. It was sweet and simply amazing!
Last year Robert mentioned we should grow pecan trees from seed, my response went something like this, “is this the royal we?”
I wasn’t excited because I knew we would be selling our farm at some point and I had this instant visual of moving buckets of tree sprouts. Robert doesn’t do anything on a small scale so I kind of looked at him, smiled and changed the subject.
He didn’t let up and started researching, running numbers and I continued to just smile and change the subject.
Sprouting by Seed or should I say Nut?
Sprouting by Cuttings
You can decrease that time frame by sprouting trees from cuttings of an existing tree. You would implement this process in the spring. With this method you could harvest around 6 to 8 years.
With that aside, I decided to sprout pecan trees by seed, for no other reason that I thought it would be fun and something neat to learn. If they sprout I’ll track and share the progress with all of you as it unfolds.
Later this spring I’ll sprout pecan trees from cuttings once I track down some trees. Are you ready to get started?
Encouraging the Sprouting Process
Add Pecan nuts to a dish of water 24 hours prior to planting.
- Use 4 inch containers and fill with soil.
- My soil consisted of half organic potting soil I purchased and half from a raised bed in the garden; mix both together.
- Place the soil about 3/4 from the top of the container.
- Lay the nut sideways in container.
- Cover with your soil mixture.
- Water with brewed fertilizer tea, I used Llama Tea.
The final step is to wait, continue to keep the soil moist and in about a month there should successful sprouts.. At that time we’ll revisit this project to uncover what happened.
We’re going to see if Robert’s idea to sprout pecan trees is just a lot of work or simply something fun. I do have to admit starting any plant, even trees by seed is amazing and a wonderful gift for all of us to enjoy.