Tips on Growing Walnut Trees Besides walnut trees producing a delicious and very nutritious nut, they are also the source of high quality wood. On hot days, the large, arched limbs of the walnut tree provide lots of shade. Instructions for Growing Of Walnuts The majority of walnut trees that are grown in the U.S. are up 50 feet tall or taller, and are of uniform width. Nuts and shade are the most common reasons for growing walnut trees, with English and Persian black varieties the most popular in the U.S. A mature walnut tree produces up to 80 pounds of nuts every year. With large, delicious nuts, the Persian walnut tree is the most common in California. Several cultivars exist, including Chandler, Ashley, Pedro, Howard, Hartley, Serr Vina, Tehama and Sunland. In late spring, all of these cultivars leaf out, avoiding the walnut blight. Mediterranean climates, which Persian walnuts are adapted to, have mild winters and this type requires similar conditions. To grow walnuts, you need between 140 and 150 days every year where the temperatures are between -2 and -6 C (27 and 29 F).
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Planting Walnut Trees
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After you select the type of walnut you want, you need to plant the tree. Tilling about 12 square feet up to a depth of 10 inches or more will get rid of grass and weeds which would compete with your tree for nutrients and water. Next, you need to dig a hole which is 1 to 2 inches wider than the root ball of the walnut seedling. Plant the walnut seedling up to the same depth as its pot or bury its roots 1 to 2 inches underneath the soil. Tamp down after filling out the hole to eliminate air pockets that may exist around the roots. Moisten the soil by watering your tree, avoiding soaking the ground. Care for Walnut Trees Because of their extensive root system, walnut trees do not need constant watering unless the soil’s top 2 inches are dried out. As the tree matures, it is only necessary to prune damaged or dead limbs. Each spring, add mulch as required. Harvest of Walnuts Patience is vital when growing walnuts. This is because the walnut trees will not produce any nuts until they are roughly 10 years and production peaks at about 30 years of age. What are the signs that the walnuts are ready for harvest? Harvesting of Persian walnuts is carried out when the seed coat turns light tan. Commercial walnut producers shake the tree with a limb shaker which has a window to collect the nuts depending on how large a walnut tree is. However, a home grower can simply shake the tree branches and collect fallen nuts.