Starting A Pecan Tree From Seed

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July 27, 2016

two pecan tree sprouts in a pail of nutsThe technique described here is not an oversimplification. It really is this simple. You can forget about location, sun, shade, hillside, etc. That won't be a problem. As to the ph of the 'medium' you start the seed in; it really doesn't matter. Temperature? If it feels good to you, the incubating pecan will love it, too. How much to water? None needed.two pecan tree sprouts in a pail of nuts


OK, here's what you do. Go out and pick a peck pail of pecans which have precariously posited themselves on old terra firma. Bring the pail of pecans into the home and place it in an area where there are no temperature, light or moisture extremes. That's it. Now, I ask you, 'What could be simpler or easier? And, no, you didn't miss anything in my instructions.


I have one, lone pecan tree. Some years, I get over seven 5 gallon buckets of pecans from that tree. And the squirrels tote off zillions. I bring the buckets of nuts into the house and wait for requests. I usually give them all away. I am down to my last bucket, now.Starting A Pecan Tree From Seed

I looked at that last bucket and saw something strange. I saw two little pecan trees growing there, arising out of nothing but more pecans.Starting A Pecan Tree From Seed
No soil is in this bucket, nor has there been. There is not, nor has there been any water in this bucket. The humidity levels in my home are average. Since two little trees have sprouted, I guess they're living off love.

I like to think I am pretty good at propagation. After seeing this, it looks as if I have been blessed; gifted, as it were.


Surely, I have been touched. Or, more likely, just plain touched.

Any way, soon my curiosity will get the better of me and I will dig out all those pecans. I will see just what the roots of these two saplings are attached to. My guess is nothing but air. What would you guess?

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July 28, 20160 found this helpful

How long does it take a pecan tree to grow to maturity?

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July 29, 20160 found this helpful

You can expect to wait about 7 years to harvest nuts from a pecan tree grown from a nut. The good news is that once they start bearing, they keep at it for around a hundred years.


Years ago, planting nut trees was not done for one's self, but for future generations. If you were fortunate, someone planted a tree for you long before you were just a twinkle in you father's eye.

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August 10, 20160 found this helpful

Well, my curiosity got the best of me. I decided to see just what caused these pecans to sprout and from where were they getting nourishment. As I said, no water or soil had been added to the bucket.

This was the last bucket I gathered. I was tired. I didn't bother to separate some leaf litter from the nuts.Apparently, that 1 inch of leaf litter, which appears dry, held enough moisture to cause the pecan's sprouting program to be turned on.


The urge to continue it's own kind, is indeed,the strongest force in the Universe. Upon close observation of the heavens, you will find this force is not limited to those things we ordinarily think of as 'alive'.

Scattered across the observable Universe, are billions of star nurseries. Within these nurseries are countless baby stars. They are coddled and nourished by surrounding forces for eons.

These babies will mature. They will live for billions of years. They will die in a stupendous blaze of glory, shedding and dispersing enormous amounts of energy and matter....all to be gathered up again and used for the formation and keeping of more star nurseries.

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August 10, 20160 found this helpful

Hope this is better.

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