Native Region: Eastern North America
Carya illinoinensis 'large'
Zone Range: 5-9
Preferred Climate: Full to quasi semi sun; well draining deep fertile/loam soil.
Harvest Date: Wednesday 04 January, 2012
Seed count: 5-7
Large seed. Please use 'over sized shipping' in this category to cover the extra shipping costs as seed exceeds standard mail. A hard shelled pecan for Northern growers. Tall pest free trees with lovely light green compound leaves can reach 20 meters at maturity (200 years) so plan accordingly. This species can adapt to many soil types with a pH range of 5 to 7.5, but the better the soil quality is the better the harvest and quality. Harvests of 150 kg of nuts from a single mature tree is not uncommon. Nut size increases as trees become established.
Protect nuts from seed nibblers as these are high on their list of good things to eat. Use a metal screen to keep varmits out. If blue jays know what is in the seeded pot, they will grub up your treasure and pack it away.
Nuts will be stored in moist peat to cold stratify. Starts to germinate in early-mid April. I germinate all my nut species in a resealable baggie and tuck them in a box or bucket in an unheated greenhouse. When the warm weather arrives, its warmer in the greenhouse (duh) so germination is promted sooner. Longer the growing season in their first year the stronger and hardier seedlings will be able withstand their first winter a whole lot better than its late grown kin.