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TreesAreCool Specialty License Plate Offered to Florida Drivers

The Florida DMV is now offering a “Trees are Cool” specialty license plate to its residents. This means that for a small fee, drivers can now have a license plate that supports Arbor research and education throughout the state of Florida. The plate, like others, can be customized to say anything, the default being “TREES,” with a link to treesarecool.com on the bottom of the plate (as shown below).

 

To order your custom plate, you can go to your local DMV and request it. There is also the option to order the plate online at eztagfl.com

Don’t live in Florida? There may be something comparable offered in your state! Just head on over to your local DMV in person or online to see the list of available specialty tags in your area.

August 22, 2016 by Bold Apps

Watering in the summer time: How much is too much?

One of the most important things we tell our customers is this: When it's hot outside, you HAVE to water your plant enough. Without it, you're almost ensuring its death. But there is another side to the watering coin; too much watering can have the same outcome as not enough. 

So how do you know how much is too much? There are some simple signs you can look for:

1. Your plant is wilting, but it looks like it has plenty of water.

As much as your plant must have water to survive, over watering can easily drown it. Your plant has to have oxygen to survive. There are pockets of air within your soil, and if you are over watering, those pockets get filled with water. without oxygen, your plant is bound to drown.

2. The tips of the leaves are turning brown or yellow.

 This is one of the quickest ways to know that you're over watering your plants. The leaves will be brown and limp; not dry. If the leaves are dry and crispy, then you're under watering your plants.

3. You notice the leaves falling off the plant.

When leaves are falling prematurely, or buds are not blooming at all, it's a sure sign you are over watering the plant. 

 

The heat of summer can be a death sentence for your plants, but over watering can as well. The best thing you can do is keep the soil moist as much as possible, and keep an eye out for the symptoms listed above.

If you aren't sure whether you're over watering or not, give us a call. We're always happy to help our customers as they work to keep their plants healthy for years to come. We can be reached by phone at (850) 270-0511 or toll free at (855) 817-5268. We're also available by email at info@plantmegreen.com.

July 20, 2016 by Bold Apps

Crape Myrtles: Saving a Split Tree

Crape myrtles are very popular trees for any landscape partially because they are beautiful, low-maintenance trees. Often time gardeners of all ability believe that all a crape myrtle needs is water, fertilizer, and a little pruning. We ran into a problem that is not often thought of and we would like to send a friendly warning to you.

                The problem we ran into with our younger crape myrtles was the weight of the budding flowers. Our beautiful Ms. Francis crape myrtle produced many flowers this year, and the only thought we gave to this was to look at their pleasantry. Soon after many flowers on the tree were in full bloom, we received a great deal of rain. The weight of the water, flowers, and leaves on the branches was far too much, and the root split.

 

As you can see, this photo was taken after we repaired the tree. Before telling you how to repair your tree, we will explain prevention. As we always say, listen to your tree. If the limbs on your crape myrtle are sagging or drooping, then there are too many flowers on the branch for adequate support and even a mild rain could split the tree. Also, the number of flowers you will potentially have to remove depends on the maturity of the tree. Younger trees are more susceptible to this problem because they will not have strong enough branches to support many flowers.

                If you are reading this looking at your dying crape myrtle looking for hope, repairing it is easy. There are many brands of “tree tape” out there but we simply use flagging tape. You will most likely need two people for the job. Push the two ends of the split back together in their natural position, and firmly wrap the tape around the tree. Wrap the tree generously and then tie off the end. We suggest removing all of the blooms on the branches that caused the split so that it may heal.

                Your crape myrtle has been saved. Next time it blooms, be wary of the strength of the limbs and how many flowers are present.

June 29, 2016 by Bold Apps

Fig Trees: Beauty & Bounty For Your Yard

While people often think about planting apple, peach or citrus trees in their yard, fig trees also might be an excellent option to consider. We have many different varieties of fig trees suitable for both large and smaller yards. Not only do our fig trees produce delectable figs, they are quite beautiful and enhance the look of any yard.

 

It might interest you to know that fig trees are one of the oldest continuously cultivated crops. In fact, fig trees were grown and harvested prior to the growing of wheat crops and these figs were much enjoyed by ancient Greeks and Egyptians. While typically, fig trees grow well and produce a bounty of figs when planted in warmer areas; these also can be grown in greenhouses or in containers, which can be brought indoors during the cold winter months.

 

If you have a smaller yard, the Chicago Hardy variety of fig trees might be just right for your needs. These can be planted in the ground or grown as container trees and tend to reach a mature height of about 10 to 12 feet with a spread of about 9 feet. These fig trees are quite heat tolerant and are an ideal option for USDA Zones 6, 7 and 8. As with most fig trees, these do prefer well-drained loamy soil, and need plenty of sunlight. These trees should be fertilized once per year and pruned lightly in the late winter months.

 

Another smaller variety to consider would be our Green Ischia fig trees. These stunning trees, which rarely grow higher than 15 feet, produce a bright, green-skinned fruit with a lovely, sweet pink interior. The green skin of this fig actually keeps the birds away, as they don’t recognize green fruit to be ripe for eating. The Green Ischia can produce two crops per year, especially in warmer locations. This tree is suitable for growing in USDA Zones 7-10 and can be planted or grown in a container.

 

Our White Marseilles fig trees have an illustrious past, as these trees were grown at Thomas Jefferson’s famed Monticello. These fig trees produce a very sweet fig that typically ripens toward the end of July. Again, this tree is a good choice for a smaller yard, as it typically reaches a height of about 10 to 12 feet. The White Marseilles fig is suitable for USDA Zones 7-10.

 

The Italian Honey fig trees are another option to consider, and the produce figs that are quite similar in appearance to the White Marseilles figs, although the skin and fruit are a bit lighter in color. The skin has a lovely tart flavor that contrasts nicely to the sweet flesh inside the figs. These fig trees produce well in a climate with hot summers, such as USDA Zones 7-10, and often produce two crops per year. These can be grown in containers and tend to be taller than the Chicago Hardy and White Marseilles fig trees, possibly reaching a height of 15 feet.

 

Figs can be eaten fresh, dried or preserved and the figs of the Texas Everbearing fig tree are ideal for preserving. This variety of fig tree tends to grow no higher than about 10 feet with a width of about 12 feet, and makes an excellent ornamental bush for just about any yard. These fig trees do prefer the warm summers one finds in USDA Zones 7, 8 and 9.

 

If you want a larger tree that is quite hardy, the Magnolia fig might be a good option.  This tree also is known as the Dalmatian, the Brunswick or the Madonna, but this fig by any other name is just as sweet, and these trees do produce a lovely, deep burgundy fruit that is quite delicious. While the figs are tasty, these fig trees often are grown because of their ornamental beauty. While it is primarily recommended for USDA Zones 7-10, these trees can grow well in areas with a slightly colder winter.

 

The Brown Turkey fig trees not only possess a whimsical name, they produce two crops of figs each year and you can eat the figs right off the tree. The figs themselves are a beautiful, lush shade of purple with sweet, amber flesh. These can grow to be quite large, from about 15 feet up to 30 feet in height and are best suited to the climates in USDA Zones 7-9.

 

Our Black Mission fig trees can grow to be quite large, with a mature height ranging from 40 to 60 feet high, so this tree is best suited to a larger yard. The figs from these trees can be eaten fresh, but also are perfect for drying and canning. This tree does need full sun and regular watering, and tends to grow best in USDA Zones 7-10.

 

In addition to these fig trees, we sell many other fruit-bearing trees. Our selection includes many varieties of apple trees as well as peach trees, olive trees, kiwi trees, pear trees, persimmon trees, plum trees and pomegranate trees.
April 15, 2016 by James Yee
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Know your zone: Why your USDA growing zone is so important

Plants are living, they are complex, and they need attention. They must be watered regularly, and they must be grown in the correct climate. How do you know which climate to grow them in? The USDA has graciously provided us with a map that has been marked off in zones (each having a number). Each zone represents a climate, and each climate can only support certain types of plants. For example, if you live in North Florida, you’re in USDA Growing Zone 8. This means your climate can only support plants that have been rated for growing zone 8, such as Lantana, Azaleas, some Apples, and Crape Myrtles. Zone 8 cannot, however, support some grapes, cherries, and high-chill peaches.

At Plant Me Green, we’re proud to provide our customers with a 100% Plant Replacement Guarantee. We are happy to replace any potted plants that die, free of charge*, as long as the reason for death can be reasonably attributed to us. We cannot, however, replace a plant that has been bought outside of its USDA growing zone. Purchasing a plant that is not ensured to grow in your climate will require much more work, and will result in an extremely dull or dead plant. Each climate offers its own unique set of growing conditions that, when respected, will produce vibrant plants that are full of life and happy to produce for years to come.

If you have any questions about your growing zone, or which plants are supported by your climate, you can always call us toll free at (855) 817-5268. We offer a USDA Growing Zone Lookup on our website, and all of our plants are marked with what growing zones they thrive in. Know your Zone!

To look up your zone, click here.

To read a full copy of our 100% Plant Replacement Guarantee, click here

*It is the responsibility of the customer to pay all shipping charges, in their entirety.

April 12, 2016 by Tori Deas

Fruits Trees & Pollination: What You Need To Know

If you are considering buying fruit trees, it helps to learn a little bit about pollination requirements for the type of tree you wish to purchase. Here are a few helpful facts and tips regarding the pollination of fruit trees.

 

Without pollination, your beautiful fruit trees will not produce a bounty of delicious edibles. Some fruit trees are self-pollinating or self-fruitful while others are non-self-fruitful. Self-pollinating fruit trees are those which do not need another type of tree nearby in order to complete the process of pollination. Cherry trees and peach trees are two types of fruit trees in this category.

 

Fruit trees, either container tree or bare root trees, that are not self-pollinating will need to be pollinated by another variety of tree. Apple trees and pear trees are two types of non-self-fruitful or non-self-pollinating trees.

 

When it comes to fruit trees, it is important to note that some types of self-pollinating trees experience a higher level of success when they are cross-pollinated with another tree. We always recommend that you purchase these self-fruitful trees in pairs, as you tend to enjoy greater fruit production. 

 

But what does all this mean? How does one ensure proper pollination? All you really need to do is select the type of tree that you want and then do some research and find out which trees are compatible for cross-pollination. Part of this compatibility includes finding two types of trees that bloom around the same time of year. This is especially important if you are planting just two fruit trees. When planting the two trees or several trees, it is important to plant the trees at least 15- 20 feet apart, as this allows for optimum pollination.

 

Among our selection, some of our self-pollinating fruit trees include peach trees, European plums, figs and persimmons. Again, it is wise to buy a twin for your fruit tree to improve fruit yield.

 

Our non-self-pollinating fruit trees include apple trees, pear trees, hybrid plum trees and blueberries. For any of these fruit trees, you will need to also purchase a compatible pollinator.

 

For instance, crabapple trees would be an excellent choice as a pollinator if you were planting just about any variety of apple trees. If you prefer not to plant crabapples, you can cross-pollinate with another type of apple tree. For instance, if you wish to plant a Granny Smith apple tree, cross-pollinate this tree with a Gala tree or perhaps a Golden Delicious tree. It’s best to select two varieties that you particularly enjoy eating, of course, as well as two varieties that are compatible pollinators.

 

Under the Plant Info tab on our homepage, we have a section entitled Pollination Requirements. This provides you with a great deal of information regarding our fruit trees. You can find helpful pollination suggestions for all of our non-self-pollinating fruit trees in this section.

 

In addition to thinking about pollination when buying fruit trees and bare root trees, it is important to consider your climate and soil conditions. You will need to select varieties that thrive in your Plant Hardiness Zone. We have a large selection of fruit trees, so it should not be difficult to find some excellent options for your property.

 

It’s also important to consider your yard size and the eventual height of the fruit trees you plan to buy. Because many fruit trees need to be planted at least 50 feet away from each other, property size is quite important.

 

At Plant Me Green, you can find a wide variety of fruit trees, including container fruit trees and bare root trees. We have more than one dozen varieties of apple trees as well as crabapple trees, pear trees, fig trees, persimmon trees and peach trees. In addition, we also sell blueberries, blackberries, and grapes. We even have pawpaw fruit trees, which produce a delectable fruit that some say tastes like a banana, while others say it tastes like a cross between a mango and a banana.

 

Take a look at our selection, and if you have any questions about fruit trees, container trees or bare root trees, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email.
February 22, 2016 by James Yee

Bare Root Trees: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

If you are struggling to find the perfect gift for a special person in your life, a bare root tree might be an ideal option. There are many people for whom this would be a fantastic gift. An avid gardener or amateur horticulturist might enjoy a bare root tree as well as someone that simply wishes to add a beautiful tree to their property. At Plant Me Green, we have a wide variety of bare root trees to consider, as well as many other gift options.

 

When you think about buying a tree, you might think about purchasing a small tree in a container, and we do sell many container trees. Bare root trees are not in a container nor do they have soil around their roots. These are trees that you plant directly in the ground while they are still dormant, which simply means they have not yet begun growing their spring leaves yet.

 

There are several advantages to selecting bare root trees. For instance, planting bare root trees can be a bit easier to plant because they are lighter in weight, and usually less expensive than a container tree.

 

Bare root trees do need to be planted within just a few days of delivery, however, and they do need to be planted during the dormant season. The planting window varies a bit depending on your location and tree choice, but typically you need to plant a bare root tree no later than the earliest days of spring. For instance, the planting window for our bare root pecans runs from about mid-December until about mid-March.

 

Among our bare root trees, the bare root pecans are one of the most popular choices. We offer a wide variety of bare root pecans. In fact, we typically sell about 20 different varieties. With giving the gift of bare root pecans, it is important to consider your friend’s climate and soil condition before purchasing. Pecan trees also grow quite large, so it is also important to consider the size of your friend’s property.

 

If your friend loves spending time gardening and doing yardwork, bare root pecans or other types of bare root trees can be an excellent gift. These types of trees are best suited to friends who have a good amount of experience with gardening and planting. We offer many helpful planting tips on our website, so if your friend has some questions, they can find many answers right here at Plant Me Green.

 

Beyond bare root pecans, our selection of bare root trees includes bare root apple trees, bare root persimmon trees and much more. Of course, we also sell a wide variety of container trees. Some container trees can simply be placed in large pots and used to decorate a sunroom, porch or backyard. These can be a good option for someone with less planting experience.

 

Before you purchase bare root trees, bare root pecans or container trees and plants, be sure to use our handy Plant Hardiness Zone Lookup guide. You can find this feature by selecting the Green 101 tab on our homepage. Once you have identified the zone in which your friend lives, it will be much easier to select a tree or plant that will thrive in their area.

 

If you are uncertain exactly what type of bare root trees, container trees or plants your friend truly wants, consider purchasing a Plant Me Green gift card. These are available for purchase on our website and we can ship them directly to your friend.
February 22, 2016 by James Yee

Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Pecans

Pecan trees are one of our biggest sellers, and it’s not too late to purchase and plant container pecan trees or bare root pecan trees. We begin taking pre-orders for our bare root trees in August, and ship them December through March, while our container pecans can be bought year-round. Before you purchase a tree, you might find it helpful to read on to get some answers to common questions about our pecans.

 

  1. What Variety of Pecan Tree Should I Plant?

 

This is a question we often receive. We offer many different varieties of pecan trees, both in containers and bare root. All of them mature into beautiful shade trees that will be a lovely addition to any large property.

 

The first thing to consider is the growing zone you are located in. Certain varieties of pecan trees grow better in different climates, so it is important to know which varieties you should be considering based on your location. If you don’t know what growing zone you are in, go to our homepage, click on the Green 101 tab, and then click on the Plant Hardiness Zone Lookup link. This will take you to our Hardiness Zone Lookup page, where you can put in your zip code to learn what USDA growing zone you are in.

 

Soil is a major factor, and you need to have soil that is well-drained but also has great water-holding capacity. Pecan trees need plenty of water in order to produce pecans, so it is best to plant your tree in soil with a very stable water table. This allows the roots of your tree to be able to feed off of capillary water. If you are going to be using an irrigation system, you will have more freedom to plant in different types of soil. Always try to avoid planting in clay soil. Clay soil will not soak up water as it should, and it will cause problems for the root development of your tree. If you are planning to plant in clay, make sure to supplement with another type of soil to ensure the future health of your tree. The ideal soil for pecan trees will be deep, well drained, and very fertile.

 

In addition, you need to think about disease- resistance. Pecan trees commonly are attacked by a variety of pests and diseases. Pecan scab, for example, is extremely common and this fungus will attack both leaves and pecans. Fortunately, there are specific varieties that are more resistant than others.

 

For instance, our Amling variety will provide excellent scab resistance, and is a generally low-maintenance tree. Plant Me Green offers Amling pecans in both container and bare root. Amling pecans are an excellent choice for homeowners interested in planting only a few trees. Other disease resistant varieties include Creek, Elliot, Gloria Grande, Jackson, Owens, and Sumner pecan trees. All of these varieties are wonderful choices for homeowners planting just a few trees to beautify a yard, provide shade, and of course, produce lots of yummy pecans.

 

If you have a very large property and are developing an orchard, your focus might be more of the specific type of pecan you wish to cultivate. It is important for you to do plenty of research to determine the best pecan variety for your area. If you would like some help selecting your varieties, feel free to call us toll free at (855) 817-5268.

 

  1. How Large Will My Pecan Tree Grow?

In general, it would be fair to say that pecan trees are big trees once they reach maturity. Typically, mature pecan trees range from 70 feet in height all the way up to 100 feet in height with a spread of about 40 to 70 feet.

 

When planting bare root pecan trees or container pecan trees, it’s good to keep this eventual height in mind to ensure you won’t eventually hit power lines or telephone lines. In addition, because they can be a bit brittle, the branches can break off occasionally so do not plant your pecan trees right next to a house or another structure.

 

  1. How Do I Plant Bare Root Pecan Trees?

 

We sell both bare root pecan trees and container pecan trees, and both have advantages and disadvantages. The bare root pecan trees are a popular choice because they tend to be a bit easier to care for in the first year than a container tree and tend to root more easily. Of course, bare root trees can only be planted while dormant. (December – March)

 

To plant your bare root pecan trees, you will need to dig a hole about two feet wide at the bottom, and deep enough to cover the taproot. Soak the roots of the bare root trees for 24 hours prior to planting. This will rehydrate the root system to aide in the growth of your pecan tree. When placing the tree in the hole, it needs to be level to where it grew while at our nursery. You should see a slight color change in the bark, indicating the level at which it was buried.

 

Fill in the hole about one-third of the way with topsoil, then saturate this soil with water to help the soil settle. Add a bit more soil and saturate, continuing the process until your hole is nearly full. Next, wiggle the tree around in the hole to remove any air pockets that could inhibit root growth. Finally, you will need to construct a water basin around the tree that is 3 to 4 feet in diameter and about 8 inches deep.

 

For more information as well as general care information, go to our homepage and click on the Plant Info tab. From there, click on pecans and you will find both our Pecan Varieties Guide as well as our Pecan Growing Guide. These helpful tools will teach you about the different varieties as well as how to plant and provide care for your pecan trees.

 

  1. When Will My Pecan Trees Begin Producing Pecans?

 

If you have never grown a fruit-bearing or nut-bearing tree before, you might be surprised to learn that new trees don’t begin to produce right away. Your container pecan trees and bare root pecan trees will not begin producing for several years after planting. Depending on the variety and growing conditions, you may wait 5 to 10 years before you start to see pecans growing.

 

It is important to note that many pecan trees bear more pecans on alternate years. For example, on year you may have a bumper crop of delicious pecans and the next, you could have very few pecans. This is common for many varieties of pecan trees and should be expected.

 

If you need further help or have other questions about our container pecan trees or bare root pecan trees, don’t hesitate to call us toll free at (855) 817-5268 or send us an email at info@plantmegreen.com.

February 01, 2016 by James Yee

Pecan Trees: Helpful Planting, Care & Harvesting Tips

The best time to plant a pecan tree is typically from December through early spring, so this time of year is ideal to purchase a bare root pecan tree or a container pecan tree. We offer many different options for those who wish to plant one or several pecan trees on your property and we also have a few tips for those new to the pecan tree world.

 

Pecan trees typically grow quite large; in some cases, they can reach a height between 75-100 feet with a spread of about 50-75 feet. This means that they are not a great option for a person with a small lot but are better suited to someone with a larger property.

 

In addition, it's important to consider your soil type, soil depth and your drainage. Your soil must have excellent water-holding capacity and, in order for proper pecan root penetration, you need soil that is several feet deep. Poorly drained soil as well as stiff clay and hardpan are not ideal for pecan trees, nor is soil with thin sands and a high water table. You can plant pecan trees along hilltops and slopes, providing that there is not extensive soil erosion, and many people find success planting pecan trees along streams if the location is well drained.

 

Pecan trees also provide a good deal of shade, but because pecan wood can be a bit brittle, it is best that you plant bare root pecan trees at least 25 feet away from your home or other structures. Once these beautiful trees become loaded with pecans, the excess weight occasionally can cause a branch to snap off, something you wouldn’t want happening near your home. One also should avoid planting these trees near power lines for the same reason. If you are purchasing more than one pecan tree or several bare root pecan trees, be sure to plant the trees between 40 feet and 60 feet apart to provide each tree with adequate growth space.

 

We have container pecan trees and bare root pecan trees suitable for many USDA plant hardiness zones. In general, pecan trees are best suited to Zones 6 to 9, but we do have several varieties that also grow very well in Zone 5. If you are uncertain in which zone you live, before selecting your pecan trees, take a look at our USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, located under the Green 101 tab on our homepage.

 

Pecan trees, both in containers and bare root, are one of our hottest sellers, and we have many wonderful varieties. If ordering bare root pecan trees, you will want to plant these during the dormant season, which typically runs from mid-December to early spring. Container pecan trees can be planted from about October through June.

 

To learn more about planting and caring for all types of pecan trees, we have a comprehensive guide to pecans on our website. Simply click on the Plant Info tab on our homepage and you can find our guides regarding pecans. We also have a helpful guide with information about the many varieties of pecan trees available for planting.

 

It does take several years for pecan trees to begin bearing pecans, and different tree varieties tend to produce different amounts of pecans. Many people choose to purchase several different varieties of pecan trees as it is essential for pollination. Simply select varieties that grow well in your zone and soil conditions and trees that cross-pollinate well with each other.

 

In order to ensure proper pollination is achieved, choose both type 1 and type 2 pecan trees, and plant them within a half mile of each other. 

 

Once you begin producing a crop of pecans, you might be wondering about how to harvest the pecans and eventually remove the shells. As a general rule, pecan trees are ready to harvest when the husks turn a shade of dark brown and begin to open. Raking and mowing the area under and around the tree can make it easier to collect the nuts during harvesting. You can knock the nuts from a tree using a long pole and then collect the nuts that have fallen using a pecan picker or by hand and place them into large buckets.

 

For those who plant many pecan trees, it might be wise to send your pecans off to a company that specializes in cracking and shelling these nuts. However, if you have just one or two pecan trees, you can use a pecan nut cracker to remove the edible portion. Pecans should be stored in an airtight container and it is best to keep them refrigerated, although non refrigerated, well-stored pecans can keep well for several weeks. If you have a huge crop, consider sealing them up, storing them in airtight bags and freezing them. Well-sealed bags can keep in the freezer for many months and even years.

 

Take a look at our selection of container pecan trees and bare root pecan trees. One of our best deals is our pecan grove starter packs. These include 20 trees in two different varieties which provide excellent cross-pollination. These starter packs run just start at $169, and shipping is free for all orders of $100 or more. Of course, if you just want one or two pecan trees, we sell many high-quality individual trees at very low prices as well. If you have any questions regarding pecan trees, give us a call or send us an email today.

December 18, 2015 by James Yee

4 Interesting Facts About Pecan Trees

Did you know that more than 80% of the world’s pecans are grown in the United States? At Plant Me Green, pecan trees are one of our top sellers and not only because they produce delicious nuts. These beautiful trees enhance the look of just about any yard, although they typically are best suited to larger properties as many varieties grow quite large. If you are interested in pecan trees, you also might be interested in a few of these fun facts.

 

  1. The Nuts From Pecan Trees Aren’t Truly Nuts

 

While we certainly think of pecans as nuts, they actually are drupes. A drupe, sometimes called a stone fruit, is a bit different from a nut. A drupe is a fruit that has fleshy outer part with a shell or pit inside. Inside that pit, there is a seed and that is actually what we eat when we munch on pecans as well as walnuts and almonds. Of course, peaches and plums also are drupes, but we only eat the outside of this type of drupe. Nuts, on the other hand are seeds within a hard pod, and there is no fleshy outer layer or section. Chestnuts and acorns are true nuts.

 

  1. Your Pecan Tree Is Good For Your Health

 

We believe that a beautiful yard filled with trees definitely can add to your happiness, but beyond the beauty of the pecan trees, the pecans themselves have several health benefits. For instance, pecans are fiber rich, and a diet high in fiber has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease and improves your gastrointestinal or digestive health. Pecans are rich in phosphorous and this helps keep bones and teeth healthy. This special drupe also contains large amounts of magnesium which can help lower your blood pressure. These are just a few benefits you’ll enjoy once your pecan trees begin producing pecans.

 

  1. Pecan Trees Are Known For Longevity

 

While pecan trees might not live as long as the Giant Redwoods, they have been known to live more than 300 years, and it is said that some of the pecan trees in the Mississippi Delta might even be 1,000 years old. At George Washington’s home Mount Vernon, the grounds still feature pecan trees planted during his lifetime that are still going strong.  In fact, they are the oldest living trees on the property, and the seeds of these trees may have been provided to Washington by Thomas Jefferson.

 

  1. Pecans Are A Versatile Food

 

When you think about pecan trees and eating pecans, your first thought might be about pecan pie. While this is certainly a scrumptious way to use your bounty of pecans, this drupe is quite versatile and excellent in all types of baked goods, such as cookies and sweet breads. You can mix it into your Thanksgiving stuffing or perhaps chicken salad for a bit of crunch. You can even use it to make pecan butter. Simply soak your pecans or roast them and then blend with a bit of a complementary oil in a food processor. You can add a pinch of sea salt if you like or even a splash of maple syrup or honey. These are just a few ways to enjoy the pecans from your pecan trees.

 

This is the ideal time of year to purchase your pecan trees, and we are now taking pre-orders for bare root pecan trees for the 2015-2016 growing season. Bare root pecan trees are quite popular and we sell many varieties. A bare root tree is a dormant plant with exposed roots. These typically should be planted during the dormant season, which tends to run from about mid-December to early spring. We begin shipping out bare root pecan in December.

 

If you aren’t certain which type of pecan tree to select or how to plant or care for your pecan trees, we have several helpful aids on our website. On our homepage, click on the Plant Info tab and you will see information about pecan trees as well as crape myrtles, apple trees, pear trees and blueberries. In addition, if you are seeking information about plant hardiness zones, these are located under our Green 101 tab. Of course, you can always contact us by phone or email with any questions that you may have.
December 18, 2015 by James Yee