Pecans Future

April 7, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Farmer discovering his pecan tree hadn’t let him down like he thought, but actually had quite a few pecans on it the past year.

Those were the “Pecans Past“, but we are also working on pecans for the future!  Yep, since The Farmer was going on and on about wanting more pecans, I bought him a couple more trees for his birthday. 

The Cave Geek supplied the manual labor and dug the massive holes needed for these pecan trees. 

Hole dug for one of the pecan trees.

They each came in two huge pots, stacked on top of the other.  In other words, the roots were two pots deep.  (Thought I had a picture of them, but can’t find one anywhere… another senior moment…)

Considering the cost of a good sized pecan tree, I’d originally thought to purchase just one, but there was a problem with that.  Though we started out with two kinds of pecan trees here, there was only one left and I wasn’t sure which variety the surviving tree was.  It had to be Schley or Colby… but which?

Now pecans are wind-pollinated and can cross-pollinate with trees up to 1/4 mile away and one of our neighbor’s up the road a piece has a big pecan tree.  However, at the time I bought the new pecan trees, I didn’t know our one little pecan would bear, nor did I know what type of pecan tree the neighbor has.

Since pecan varieties do only a fair job of self pollination because some varieties shed pollen early (before female flowers are receptive) while others shed late (after female flowers are receptive), that means it’s best to have one of each kind of tree for the best pollination.

And that was the crux of the matter – were the two pecan trees of different varieties, or did they both shed pollen at the same time? 

I figured to be on the safe side, I’d better bite the bullet and buy one of each variety.  I mean, who wants to get 5 to 7 years down the road, and discover the pecan trees aren’t bearing much or at all, so they must all be the same type!??!

I bought a  Pawnee pecan tree. which is an early shedding variety.

Pecan tree - Pawnee variety.

The nuts of the Pawnee Pecan tree are large with a thin shell, somewhat elongated and shell out 52% kernel.  The pecans on a Pawnee tree mature early, sometimes around the last of September or the first of October.

Then I also bought a Sumner pecan tree, which obviously, is the late shedding variety.

Pecan tree - Summer variety.

Yes, I know that label says “SumMer”, but it’s a misprint.  There was another label on the tree:

Pecan Sumner Label

And that’s the correct one.  I doublechecked the different varieties, and there is NO SumMer variety, but there is a SumNer!

According to the nurseries, the Sumner Pecan tree can grow into an enormous tall tree that can produce hundreds of pounds of pecan nuts each year around Thanksgiving.  It’s supposed to grow quickly, and shell out 55% kernel.

The Pawnee tree hasn’t shown growth yet, but the Sumner is showing promise!

Buds on Sumner Pecan tree.

Hopefully, all three pecan trees will grow well this year!

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