Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wire Enclosure May Keep Squirrels Away from Nut Seed

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wire Enclosure May Keep Squirrels Away from Nut Seed

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Q * I have some hickory nuts that I picked up from some neighbors tree. How do I plant them?

A * The easiest way to grow any nut tree from seed is to just cover it with an inch or two of cool, wet soil for winter, and let nature do the rest. Of course, if you try to duplicate nature, you will also have to prevent squirrels from digging the nuts up should they discover them. Do this by covering the soil surface with a wire enclosure fashioned from either chicken wire or hardware cloth after planting. Once the seeds begin to sprout, be sure to remove this wire to keep from damaging their stems.

Before planting hickory nuts, experienced gardeners often pre- chill them through a process called stratification. Large numbers of nuts can be treated this way by placing them between layers of damp sand, sawdust or peat moss in a lidded container. …

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