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Growing Nut Trees Iowa City IA

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Pleasant Valley Garden Center
(319) 337-3118
1301 S Gilbert St
Iowa City, IA
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(319) 337-8351
520 Highway 1 W
Iowa City, IA
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Forever Green
(319) 337-5986
466 Sugar Creek Lane
North Liberty, IA
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Lewis Brothers Tree Farm & Nursery
(319) 828-4569
1786 Iwv Rd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Matt's Greenhouse
(319) 372-3675
2110 303rd Ave
Fort Madison, IA

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Iowa City, IA
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Joyce's Greenhouse
(319) 626-6525
2836 Kansas Ave Ne
North Liberty, IA

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(319) 656-2589
5665 Hazelwood Ave Sw
Kalona, IA

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(563) 927-5858
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Manchester, IA

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(641) 672-1437
2421 Highway 92
Oskaloosa, IA
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Growing Nut Trees

It’s said that you don’t plant nut trees for yourself; you plant them for generations to come. But you may not have to wait long to enjoy your crop—some grafted trees start bearing fruit within one year of planting. Once nut trees are established, their generally low maintenance makes them an attractive addition to any hobby farm.

Success with nut trees depends on factors that include topography and climate; the type, pH and fertility of your soil; the availability of moisture; and the prevalence of pests and diseases in your region—even the whims of local squirrels, chipmunks and jays, who can decimate your orchard but leave your neighbor’s untouched.

Before purchasing and planting nut trees, ask yourself these questions:

How much space do you have?
How impatient are you to taste your first crop?
How quickly can you harvest more than a handful of nuts?
How much work are you prepared to do throughout the year to keep your trees healthy and pests at bay, and how much work at harvest time?
What’s your favorite nut?

In addition to answering these questions, Sandra Anagnostakis, PhD, a chestnut scientist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, suggests, “Find out what kinds of trees will grow in your climate and in your soil. Look around to see what grows well in your area.”

A local soil-testing lab can test your soil’s pH (your county extension agency might be able to, too), and employees at state departments of agriculture and agricultural colleges might be able to offer advice and share their enthusiasm for their favorite trees.

Nut-tree breeders shipping across the U.S., as well as your local nursery, should know what nut-tree varieties perform well in your region. Nonprofit organizations, such as the Arbor Day Foundation and the Northern Nut Growers Association, provide news about the latest cultivars (plant varieties that have been deliberately selected for specific desirable characteristics) and information on the best techniques for planting and successful cultivation.

Preventing Pests in Nut Trees
“If you’re only growing 1/2 to 5 acres of trees close to a woodlot, squirrels will be your biggest nightmare,” says Molnar, and other growers agree.

Nut kernels go from liquid to jelly to a dough-like stage when they’re still green—mid-July for walnuts and mid-August for pecans. That’s when squirrels start cutting them down from the trees.

“But if you have one or two dogs that run free,” says Molnar, “that’ll do the trick.” Cats can also help with a squirrel problem.

Playing recorded bird distress calls or predator cries in your orchard will help scare away blue jays, which also love nuts.

Harvesting Nuts
Once nut trees are established, the biggest input of time and effort is at harvest—gathering, preparing and preserving the nuts. Even if you’re using a machine to shake the tree, “rubber fingers” to pick the nuts off the ground and a mechanized cleaner to remove debris, you’ll still need to ins...

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