In order to successfully produce pecans in a home orchard, low-input management is a must. Selecting a cultivar or variety is the most important decision for successfully growing pecans. There are numerous pecan varieties from which to choose, but only a few are suitable for yard-tree planting because many home orchardists are unable to adequately fend off destructive diseases and insect pests. Fortunately, there are scab-resistant cultivars that can produce quality pecan kernels. 

Commonly-found cultivars currently recommended for yard-tree plantings include those found here. To ensure good pollination, plant at least two varieties. This is especially important for areas with few surrounding pecan trees.