Whether you’ve bought the perfect land or you’re searching for your dream place, most Texans love to plant Pecan Trees. When growing pecans trees, there is more to growing than just planting the seed in the ground.
The work starts even before you plant the tree. You want to make sure you are planting the
pecan tree seed in an area with healthy soil. In order to ensure your soil is healthy and that your
tree will experience optimum growth, you will need to fertilize and water properly.
Pecan trees will grow on any well drained soil if supplied with adequate moisture. This tree
survives drought fairly well and is also sensitive to extreme cold temperatures. These trees are
prone to branch failure and poor tree structure due to the added weight of the large nut crops.
To avoid this consistent pruning is a must. Also thinning to reduce the weight at branch ends is
also very important.
When planting a pecan tree there are various things to keep in mind. First of all disease
resistant varieties are a must to keep away common diseases that the tree can develop. Good
choices for disease resistance include Choctaw, Mohawk, or Chickasaw. Things to watch out for
to know if your tree is developing a disease of some sort is black spots on the nuts or leaves.
Infected leaves may shed early and infected brown spots on nuts develop just before maturing.
Another thing to keep in mind is that pecans are a heavy user of zinc but they have trouble
extracting it from the soil. Extra zinc should be added periodically to avoid symptoms of
deficiency. Also there are other things to watch out for when growing your pecan tree like fall
webworm, walnut caterpillar, mites, and aphids. You want to treat for these at various times
throughout your pecan trees development. It is also very important to apply weed and insect
When fertilizing a pecan tree there is a certain way to place the fertilizer. You want to apply the
fertilizer one foot from the trunk of the tree and slightly beyond the branches. You should expect
the root system to extend 1 ½ to 2 times the branches. Fertilizer should be applied by spreading
over the root zone of the tree. The trees should be fertilized around February to early March.
Pecan trees should not be fertilized during an extended dry period. If you do fertilize during a
dry period make sure to water the area with 1-2 inches of water. Also be sure you do a periodic
soil analysis to ensure optimum pH and good plant health.
In order to maintain your pecan trees continuously monitor your pecan tree. Make sure to
continue fertilizing periodically as well as treating for the various diseases that could form
overtime. Always remember that weed and insect control and water are vital to the pecans tree
first year of growth. Adequate amount of water is very very important if you want a healthy
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