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Comparison of Different Pecan Trees

There are more than 500 named pecan cultivars, but just a handful are widely planted. For the homeowner or small scale orchardist, the important differences between pecan cultivars include: pollination type; timing of flowering; size of the nut; shell thickness; tendency to bear in alternate years; age at first bearing; season of nut maturation; and […]

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Chill Out! Chill Hour Requirements and What They Mean for Your Plants

If you’ve done some shopping (window or otherwise) for fruit or nut trees, you might have noticed the phrases “chill hours” or “chill zones” in the plant’s description. Though there’s some debate on the topic, it’s generally acknowledged that chill hours are the average number of hours plants are subjected to temperatures between 32 degrees […]

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Falling for Pecans

Pecans play a huge role in fall and winter holiday traditions and cuisine, especially in the South. Whether it’s a classic pecan pie (or even pecan pie truffles), pralines, banana bread or other savory dishes, pecans can have their place at every meal, and make a great snack in between. While some in-store pecans are nice to […]