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  1. #1

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    Walnut Trees

    Carpathian English Walnut - Juglans regia 'Carpathian'

    I live in Southern Maine (zone 5). I have been thinking of planting the English Walnut here and not the black Walnut variety.

    Does anyone know if this tree has grown or produced in Maine? Just about every online nursery claims that the english walnut will grow in a zone 5 area but not much other information is given.

    The questions I have is what type of soil is necessary? I have read it can take 5 to 7 years before any nuts could appear. I've read the description here on arbor day nursery of tree's. One thing is not mentioned if these nut tree's sold here are cuttings or seedlings. I have read that cuttings will produce quicker than seedlings..

    Any advise would be helpful. I'm already on the hazelnut program here and hope the hazelnut bush's will take this Spring.

    Bob/Southern Maine

  2. #2
    Oak
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    RE: Walnut Tree's

    Try it. I live in southern zone 5 (5b) and my English Walnuts are flourishing. But they have not yet produced any nuts and they are now six years old. I bought from several sources--I'd suggest buying from a reputable nursery. Mine from Stark Bros were pricey, but have done well. I also bought from other sources--some were very small seedlings and they are far behind the grafted trees I purchased.

    I'd suggest giving them a shot. So much depends on the soil and the particular site where you will plant them. I'd go for grafted trees--they cost more up front, but will grow faster and produce nuts more quickly.

    If you have space, you might consider planting several different named varieties and/or also a heartnut or bartnut, just for the diversity.

  3. #3
    pwk16
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    RE: Walnut Trees

    The nut trees sold by Arbor Day are grown from seed and are great for landscaping and animal food, but are not recommended for people who want to grow nuts for human consumption due to the fact that seed-grown nut trees vary greatly and the nuts produced may have very little meat and lots of thick shell. We certainly would not want people waiting 15 years for walnuts only to find out that they are not very good.
    I strongly suggest purchasing your nuts from local Nut Growers Associations such and the Nebraska Nut Growers or professional nut nurserymen such as www.oikostreecrops.com and others. They have studied the subject and produce wonderful cultivars and hybrids.

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