Planting and Care of Homestead Pecan Trees



Whether young pecan trees are planted from bare-root or container-grown, they should be planted as soon as possible, to prevent drying out and for the best chance of getting the roots firmly established. Young trees should be kept well-watered and every precaution taken to ensure they do not dry out. A major cause of young trees not surviving is due to lack of water and any prolonged drought conditions from the initial planting period through approximately year two.

Bare-Root and Container Grown Trees

Bare-root trees should be transplanted during their dormant period. This period typically ranges from December to March. Container-grown trees aren't as prone to transplant shock and may be planted with foliage, during their non-dormant period, from October to May. However, it's best to plant young pecan trees during their dormant period, to avoid transplant stress.

Planting Depth

Young pecan trees should be planted at the same depth that they stood at the nursery. A line of demarcation normally indicates that part of the the tree which was underground. Trees planted too deep, risk the roots not getting enough oxygen, which could lead to tree stress or death. Also, if planted too deeply, trees risk being blown over during storms, when they're between 15 to 20 years old.

Root Care

Minimal trimming of roots is permissible on twisted, broken and very long roots. The long tap root should be left intact and as undisturbed as possible. Do not put fertilizer in the planting hole, as it may result in burning young, delicate root systems.

Container-grown tree roots should be checked for pot-bound and gently coaxed out to its natural form to allow the roots to grow freely in the soil. If the tap root is twisted or broken, it should be straightened or cut to encourage new growth.

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