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Growing Pecan

Growing Pecan

Hardy Pecan Tree


Attractive tall trees with delicious edible nuts. Good shade trees and also highly productive for nut production. Trees grow up to 50 feet tall and are long-lived. Self-fertile, but produces better when two varieties are planted. Hardy in zones 5 to 8. Plant bare root Pecan in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Pecan has a taproot and can be difficult to transplant. Prepare a hole 18 to 24 inches deep and 12 to 18 inches wide and amend with compost or other organic matter. Plant with the roots slightly deeper than when growing in the nursery and ensure the roots are not bent.


For full sun. Best in fertile, moist, well-drained soil.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other hardy nut trees are Chestnut, Hickory, and Walnut.

Complimentary Products

Moderate feeders that benefit from regular fertilization. Other hardy shade trees are Birch and Maple.

Product Recommendations

Use All Seasons Spray Oil (50002) to reduce the overwintering of pest insects.

Pecan Facts

Usually free from serious problems. Aphids, pecan weevils, twig girdlers, fall webworms, and scab sometimes affect plants. Classified as Carya illinoinensis and sometimes called Hardy Pecan, it is native to North America.

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