Root Pecan Cuttings – Can You Grow Pecans From Cutting?
It’s not easy to grow pears or pecans from cuttings. For instance, it takes at least 3 years before you get any fruit from cutting. If you want to start growing pecans right away, then you need to wait until they are ready for harvest.
There are many reasons why it is difficult to grow pears and pecans from cuttings. One reason is because the soil around the roots needs to be very rich with organic matter like compost or manure.
Another reason is that there aren’t enough good places where you can place your cuttings. And lastly, one of the most common reasons is that the climate conditions in which these plants thrive don’t exist everywhere in the world.
The fact remains though, if you have the patience and determination to try, then you can definitely grow pecans from cuttings.
What Are The Requirements To Start Growing Pecans From Cuts?
You will need:
A small piece of healthy hardwood bark (about 1/4″) – preferably native to your area. A piece of old fence post works well too.
You could even use a large branch from a pine tree!
A good sharp spade
A bucket of hot water
A copy of “Secrets to Growing Delicious Pecans” (This ebook is free with your purchase of root cuttings from us!)
How Do I Plant A Pecan Tree?
Start by digging a hole about 2 feet deep and placing the hardwood bark in it. Then make a small hole in the middle of the bark and place a pecan cutting in it. Continue making holes and place cuttings in each hole. Then cover the whole thing with soil and water it well. Continue planting until you have used all your pecan cuttings.
Then all you need to do is wait for spring when you can start watering them! (You might want to check out the ebook “Secrets to Growing Delicious Pecans” for more tips on growing pecan trees from cuttings, you’ll find it free in the resources section after buying your pecan cuttings).
What About Soil?
The type of soil you use is very important when planting root pecan cuttings. You want to make sure you have rich loamy soil. This can be found by digging into your yard and seeing if it forms a small ball when rolled into a ball with your hands. If it does, then your soil is perfect! If not, you can add compost to it and form small clumps when rolled into a ball. This will ensure that your pecan trees have the best start in life as possible.
How Many Pecan Trees Can I Plant?
The limit does not exist! You can easily plant hundreds of these trees and they will grow provided you took good care of their roots. You can even sell these trees to other people so that they can enjoy pecans too!
Where Can I Plant These Pecan Trees?
These trees can be planted in your yard or in your garden. Just make sure you plant them somewhere that gets plenty of sun. Your yard should be fine unless it is mostly shaded. Even a small portion of your yard getting sun is fine.
What Do I Do With These Pecan Trees Once They Are Grown?
Once these trees reach about 5 feet tall you can start climbing them and harvesting pecans. It is important to leave the pecan in the tree for as long as possible so that it grows better. You can also clip the top of the tree to make it branch out more and give you more pecans! Leave about 2 feet of the stem attached to the pecan when you pick it.
It is important to keep the area around the tree free of weeds and grass as this can cause disease in your trees.
Many people also like to decorate their trees with pretty lights and ornaments as pecans make a great addition to Christmas Trees!
How Many Pecan Trees Can I Expect From One Pecan Cutting?
This can vary from tree to tree, but on average you can expect about 5 pecan trees per one cutting. (This means if you plant 20 cuttings, you can expect about 100 trees in that area). Of course, this depends on many factors such as the quality of the soil, how well you took care of the roots before planting them etc. etc.
The pecan trees you buy from us are between 1-2 feet tall and include two pecan cuttings which can be planted in the same hole. (You can also split them and plant one cutting in another location).
Why are Some Cuttings More Expensive Than Others?
Trees that cost more carry more value and are slightly harder to come by. We don’t do this to cheat people out of their money, but rather to make the process fairer for everyone involved. For example, our most expensive pecan cutting comes from an experimental tree in which we injected it with bee venom in order to kill any insect that may want to eat from it.
This type of tree is very hard to come by and although we have hundreds of them, they are not in high supply. We can’t just go cutting down every tree we have because it would severely impact the species as a whole.
Why Do Some Pecan Trees Cost The Same Price As Each Other But Already Have Cuttings Planted?
This has to do with the environment in which the cutting was grown. Pecan trees grown outside tend to be stronger and grow better than those that grow inside. Soil conditions also play a role in this.
For example, some of our pecan trees are grown outside and some are grown inside. Those that are grown outside are able to get more sunlight, grow larger, and are hardery than those that are grown inside.
The trees that are grown inside do not receive as much sun light and their growth is stunted slightly. (They are still fine to grow and will grow to be large trees, they just wont grow as quickly).
The ones that are grown outside are more expensive because they are harder to come by. We only have a small area in which these trees can grow, and if we allowed all of our customers to take these trees the orchard would become barren very quickly.
What Happens If I Order More Than I Can Handle?
You are more than welcome to order as many trees as you wish. We would only ask that you take care of all of them. It is important that you keep the trees well watered and give them the attention they need in their early growing stage.
If at any point you find that you are unable to keep up with the maintenance of your trees, please contact us and we will help you out as much as we can.
What If I Only Want One Tree?
We offer a selection of trees that only require one tree per customer. These are harder to come by and are usually sold out very quickly. If you see one available we would buy it now because someone else probably sees the same tree available and they may buy it before you.
What If I Want To Pay For A Few Trees Now And The Rest Later?
This is not a problem. Please feel free to pay for your order over time. We offer a layaway plan which allows you to pay for your order in several different installments. Once you are ready to complete your order you can do so by logging into your online account.
What Happens If My Order Doesn’t Arrive?
Your order should arrive within 5 to 10 business days. If it takes longer than this, please contact us immediately so that we can get to the bottom of what happened. We make every effort to ensure that your order arrives within this time, and if there is a delay we will do everything in our power to get your order to you as soon as possible.
How Do I Care For My Trees Once They Arrive?
Your trees should have arrived with all of the supplies that you will need in order to take care of them. Each package comes with instructions that include a list of supplies needed as well as detailed growing instructions.
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