Pecan starting to flower/flowering after less than 5 years!

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  1. Mark

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    Great news! Our Shoshonii (B type) pecan is flowering and it's less than 5 years old. I have read it can take anything from 8 to 12 years before a pecan flowers so I'm wrapped it hasn't taken that long.

    Obviously, we still have to wait and see if it produces any nuts (when it comes down to the crunch) :) The Shoshonii variety is self fertile but it does benefit from being cross pollinated with another A type variety, therefore, I also planted another pecan called Western Schley - both these trees are supposed to be good producers... we'll see.

    My plan is to keep the trees manageable probably under 7 or 8 metres and prune them like a big tree bush so I've kept the branches quite low on the trunks. I don't want them to get 40 metres tall and take over the whole yard plus I don't think my neighbours would be too happy because they are planted close to the boundary (although they have said they won't mind if a few nuts drop over their side of the fence).

    Here's a pic of the pecan flower buds they look similar to a macadamia flower
    pecan shoshonii B type flowering after 5 years.jpg
    This is the Shoshonii pecan it's probably about 4 metres high.
    Pecan 5 years old shoshonii B type starting to flower first time.jpg
     
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    Are they similar to Walnuts? The bark looks the same. I've never eaten them...
     
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    Yeah, I suppose they're a bit similar to a walnut. I've never had one fresh off a tree before but I do like them and they're pretty good to cook with.
     
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    Our first pecan nuts are coming along nicely and should be ready for harvest very soon!

    This is the developing nuts on the tree about 2 months ago
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    Here are the nuts now with the outer husk starting to open and show the nut :)
    pecan nut on tree starting to open.jpg

    I haven't tried one yet - will do soon!
     
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    Wow that's awesome:cheer:
     
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    Well how were the pecans? How are the trees going?

    Daley's has a special on Pecans buy 2 get 1 free at the moment.

    Are Pecans hard to grow?

    Crikey I don't want mine getting very big, we have enough big trees around here as it is. Can they be grown in pots?
     
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    No, they're easy to grow and they actually like the subtropics. They stay dormant for a long time over winter and halfway into spring but then they grow like crazy!

    I'm going to keep our pecans pruned back to a manageable size. Our first one is a self-fertile variety but we also planted another one nearby (type A) because they fruit better apparently with cross pollination.

    Not sure about pot growing...
     
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