Growing pecan trees from pecans

Gin Lee
Growing pecan trees from pecans/Gin Lee

Growing pecan trees from pecans

Is it possible to grow a pecan tree from a pecan nut? Yes, it most certainly is. This is how I have germinated many pecan seedlings. After all, it's how trees grow in nature without the help of any human source. In nature, the nuts drop to the ground, then when it rains, the seeds sprout, grow into saplings, and if left alone, the saplings grow into trees. It's not rocket science, although natural science is involved.

How to germinate a pecan seed

To begin, you'll need to soak the pecans in water for about forty-eight hours to allow the shells to swell. Splitting should occur during this process. Some pecan seeds may split sooner than forty-eight hours.

When the seeds have swelled and split open, plant them sideways about four inches deep into the prepared soil. Generally, germination takes anywhere from four to ten weeks.
Growing a pecan sapling in container/Gin Lee

Pecan trees grow best in rich, well-drained soil. They also need to be planted at least thirty feet away from any structures. The saplings require full sun and water. Typically, newly planted pecan trees require one gallon of water a day, as the tree's age they will need to be watered more than that. Usually by age three, the trees need about three gallons of water a day. During the summer months, the amount of water may need to be doubled depending on how hot the temperatures get.

It generally takes three to six years before the trees produce any nuts. One tree can produce enough pecans to feed a family. Although it's best to plant at least two different pecan seedlings for better quality and quantity.

Newly planted pecan trees normally grow to become four to six feet tall within the first couple of years. A pecan tree can live anywhere from two-hundred to three-hundred years. So planting pecan trees today will ensure that future generations will also enjoy and benefit from the fruits of your labor today.

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About the author: Gin Lee is a native of Arkansas. She studied at the Institute of Children's Literature. She is an animal rescuer, food critic, organic gardener, food editor, home cook, food blogger, artist, and a complete do-it-yourselfer. Gin Lee is a published author, journalist, and contributor, among other works, and she resides in a rural town in Arkansas with her husband and their fur babies, Highway, Princess, and Stinkpot the turtle. A huge thanks goes out to all for reading, following, and sharing Gin Lee's articles! Thank you! Since Gin Lee lives in a rural area, there's not much local news to cover. So, she covers articles of interest on how-to's about organic gardening, recipes, homesteading, and survival techniques. If those things are of interest to you, then you'll never (hopefully) be disappointed. She tries to cover a wide variety of articles to entertain everyone. Comments are turned off due to rudeness and hatefulness. The world has enough vulgarity, hatefulness, and arrogance without it having any help. Since having the simple courtesy of manners is lacking and sharing words of kindness does not abide in a few people. Those few people ruin what's supposed to be educational and an enjoyable experience for all others. Gin Lee does have children and young adults that are followers. Potty mouths, vulgarity, and hate are not acceptable. Apologies go out to those of you who generally are very sweet and also to Gin Lee's followers who have been a witness to others being rude and malicious. Hopefully, you'll be understanding of the measures that have to be put into place. Please be kind to one another.

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