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100L Witchita Pecan Tree

R990.00

Pecan nut trees are deciduous.

In South Africa, the crop has adapted to virtually any area with short, cold winters; and long, hot summers with relatively low rainfall and humidity.

They have male and female flowers, which do not bloom simultaneously. Therefore a single tree cannot pollinate itself.

Two trees of different varieties are required. The best time to plant your pecan nut trees is in winter when they are dormant.

They have a taproot and grow very quickly. The nuts have an exceptionally high protein content and are rich in vitamins, carbohydrates, and nut oil.

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Position – Full sun is best for pecan nut trees. Dig a hole of at least 1 mt wide and two mts deep. Fill the hole with water before planting your tree to the same level as in the nursery pot. Allow five mts around the tree and a distance from structures and power lines. Keep the soil around the tree free from weeds and grasses.

 Size – A pecan nut tree can grow exceptionally tall. Top a new tree to a height of 1 mt to encourage branching, which forms a framework.

 Soil Type – A mixture of well-rotted compost, zinc fertiliser, and potting or garden soil (if not clay) works well. The plant’s roots should be in loose soil with a pH of 6 and 7. At Just Berry Plants, we stock volcanic rock-dust. Organic rock-dust contains organic minerals and trace elements to keep soil healthy.

 Mulch – Mulch around the tree’s base with straw, dry crushed leaves, bark, etc. Mulch helps keep roots moist, reduces soil erosion, increases organic matter, and, most importantly, shelters the roots from the sun’s harmful rays. Just remember to keep the mulch away from the actual trunk of the tree, as it can cause infection and rot if it is too close to the plant.

 Watering – Regular watering is essential for young, newly planted trees. Water them deeply once a week for the first two years. For mature trees, soil moisture determines the yield, size, and fullness of nuts and the amount of new growth. Water enough to keep the soil evenly moist from when the buds swell until harvest.

 Fertilising – Paint the trees with white interior latex paint mixed in equal parts with water to protect them from sunburn and attack by flathead boring beetles.

 Pruning – Prune your pecan trees in winter, cutting away dead bark to open the tree to sunlight.

 Pests – Aphids, snails, slugs, and borer are the greatest enemies of pecan nut trees. Inspect them regularly and use an organic pesticide if necessary.

 Harvesting – Pecan nuts are harvested between April and July in South Africa. Their green husk dries and splits open when ripe, allowing the nut to fall out. 

                         

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