walnut & bitternut trees from nuts

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  1. biehny11

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    Is it possible to start/grow a walnut (I think American--the regular yard variety) and/or a bitternut tree from a nut.

    I have some walnut nuts still in their sheath. Can they be planted to get a seedling and how do you do it. Same with the bitternut but I have to rescue a nut before the squirrels get them all.

    We live in St. Paul Minnesota.

    Any advice on doing this would be appreciated and what is the success ratio? Are the trees as sturdy as something grown in a nursery?

    Thank you.

    Marian
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Are you refering to Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis) or Butternut (Juglans cinerea)?

    Either way, remove the husk but leave the nut in the shell. Planting the nut directly outside ~1.5" deep generally has a high success rate. Protect the nut from squirrells with some small mesh chicken wire over where the nut is planted.

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