I was first introduced to 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 we were getting ready to sell our farm and I just wanted to begin closing things down.
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. This would be implemented in the spring and harvesting would begin 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.
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 and half from a raised bed in the garden; mix 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.
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 to enjoy. It’s also a fun winter activity while we wait for Spring.