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Unripe Pecans with Green Shell

When & How to Harvest Pecans

A pecan nut consists of an edible kernel enclosed in a hard woody shell. The nut (kernel + shell) is itself enclosed in a leathery husk about 2 inches in diameter. When pecans mature, generally from September through November, the husks turn from green to brown and split open, releasing the nuts which then drop […]

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Pollination in Nut Trees: How Wind Pollination Works

Why is pollination important? Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the male part of a flower (the stamen) to the female part of a flower (the pistil). Fertilization then occurs in the ovary when a sperm cell from a pollen grain unites with an egg to produce an embryo. This then develops into a […]

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Pros and Cons of Different Nut Bearing Trees

Nut bearing trees are often overlooked by the backyard orchardist. They shouldn’t be. Of course nut trees take longer to reach maturity than most fruit trees, but once they start producing, nut trees will continue to reward for decades, even centuries. Most make handsome shade trees in addition to providing delicious and healthful nuts. The […]