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Walnuts, Almonds and Pecans

Posted by agility_mom z9 AZ (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 20, 10 at 2:46

I know that Pecans grow well here but I was wondering if anyone here has first hand knowledge of what is the best Pecan tree to plant and if there are any problems with growing pecans.
Another thing is that I was thinking of planting a dwarf Garden Prince Almond tree or two. They are supposed to be self fruitful and do ok here. The thing is that the chill hours seem to be kind of iffy for the Phoenix area. If any of you have these trees, do they produce almonds for you?
Lastly, a walnut tree that I have heard that has low enough chill hour requirements to grow and produce nuts here is Pedro. It is supposed to get 2/3rds the size of a standard walnut tree. Any experiences with this tree?
Thanks in advance.

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RE: Walnuts, Almonds and Pecans

Not all pecans are self-fertilizing ... make sure you don't need to have two varieties. Aside from that, they do well here, as water-guzzling plants.

Almonds do not do very well in Phoenix - as you noticed, the winter chill requirement is a bit high for us.

I have no experience with the walnut.

RE: Walnuts, Almonds and Pecans

A mature pecan tree in production needs 6 acre feet of water to thrive. That's a heck of a lot of water and also why successful commercial pecan groves like to flood irrigate. What's that slurping sound?

RE: Walnuts, Almonds and Pecans

Wow! I guess I'll keep buying my pecans at the store since I don't have flood irrigation at my house.
Thanks for the info.

RE: Walnuts, Almonds and Pecans

Man, I should get some to soak up my excess irrigation! No wonder mine liked the flood area in OK when I lived there!

RE: Walnuts, Almonds and Pecans

There are several varieties of nuts that will do well here, if they get enough water of course.

Take a look at Deciduous Fruits and Nuts for the Low Desert, a publication from the University of Arizona. Just click on the "Fruits and Nuts" link from the web address below. Trees that are sold bare root are the least expensive and should be available in December or January.

Here is a link that might be useful: Deciduous Fruits and Nuts

RE: Walnuts, Almonds and Pecans

Mahan Pecan is a good choice for low desert. It has a superior quality nut too.
Garden Prince Almond is a good choice and is probably the lowest chill requirement of any almond. Since it is a natural dwarf, it will be a good back yard tree too. But don't let that fool you, it's still a good size tree like a peach.
Walnut is the hardest one for the desert. Pedro would be the one to try. Excellent nut and it's said to need only 400 hours chill, which is still a stretch but maybe. It's also a naturaly smaller Walnut, so good for yards.

RE: Walnuts, Almonds and Pecans

I did pick up Garden Prince Almond trees at Lowes the other day at 1/2 price since the leaves were a bit browned around the edges. Hopefully, I can keep them at around 8 to 10 feet in size. Now that it has cooled down, I will be planting them in the next couple of days.
There is a low area that runs parallel to a small wash in our yard and I plan on putting these 2 along with some dwarf cherry trees in this area hoping to get a little more chill hours.

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