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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

Buying Pecan Trees Online: Bare Root Trees & Container Trees

At Plant Me Green, pecan trees are one of our most popular products and there are many varieties to consider. In addition, if you are buying pecan trees online, you also must decide whether to purchase bare root trees or container trees. Here is some information that might help you to decide.

 

There are about 45 different varieties of pecan trees and we sell more two dozen types of pecan trees online. These include the Amling, Caddo, Candy, Cape Fear, Cherryle, Creek, Desirable, Elliot, Fairhope, Forkert, Gloria Grande, Jenkins, Kanza, Kiowa, Lakota, Mahan, Mandan, Moreland, Oconee, Owens, Pawnee, Starking Hardy, Stuart, Sumner, and Zinner.

 

Each variety produces a different average number of nuts per pound of tree. For instance, an Amling will produce about 59 nuts per pound, while a Desirable will produce about 44. Each type of tree also has specific harvest times when the nuts will be ready to pick. Using the Amling as an example again, this pecan variety has a harvest time from late September until around the end of October.

 

While the harvest times might not be important when selecting your pecan trees online, you do need to pay particular attention to the USDA Hardiness Zone of each type of tree. These zones establish a standard for gardeners to help them determine which trees and plants best grow in their climates. You will need to know in which zone you live prior to selecting your pecan tree. In general, pecan trees tend to do well in Zones 6 through 9, although some are suitable for the colder climate of Zone 5 and some can handle the conditions of Zone 10.

 

When choosing pecan trees online, you also can select either a container tree or a bare root tree. A container tree is just what it sounds like, a tree with its roots planted into a container. These container trees can be transplanted from container to the ground from October to June.

 

Bare root trees, on the other hand, are dormant trees with exposed roots. They are grown in our fields and then when they become dormant, we remove them. This can only be done between December and March and should be planted / transplanted as soon as possible. When buying pecan trees online, you will need to decide whether you want a container tree or bare root trees. Bare root trees must be planted while they are still dormant, which means before they begin to bud.

 

The bare root trees tend to be a bit less expensive because there is less labor involved in production and they weigh less which makes them easier to ship. When buying pecan trees online, it also is important to note that bare root trees tend to adapt better to the new soil than a container tree. Still, the planting window for bare root trees is shorter, simply because you must plant while your pecan tree is dormant. If you've missed this window of opportunity but still want to plant a pecan tree, a container tree might be a better option.

 

No matter which type of pecan tree you select, you will be certain to love these beautiful trees as well as the nuts that they will produce. Generally, once this tree reaches maturity, most will be about 70 to 100 feet high with a spread of 40 to 75 feet. Our pecan trees are grafted onto a Caddo root stock and should begin to produce their nuts in 3-5 years. Check our website for more information about buying pecan trees online. Under the Plant Info tab, select "Pecan" for our handy guide to selecting, planting and caring for your new pecan tree.