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??? Pecan Problem ???

From: "Susan K. Wehe" <swehe@ix.netcom.com>
Newsgroups: rec.gardens.edible
Subject: Re: ??? Pecan Problem ???

Bruce Yates wrote:

> Last fall my pecan tree produced its first batch of nuts. As the husks
> started opening I would check one or two nuts a week. They were
> filling out beautifully. One week I checked, the nuts looked great,
> had a great pecan flavor, but still tasted a little green. I told my
> wife that they would be ready and start falling from the tree in a
> week or so.
> The next week I checked and the nuts were shriveled up and dry...not
> just one or two...but every one I could pick or shake off the tree.
> Any ideas on what could have happened in so short a time?
> The tree still had a healthy appearance and is leafed out and
> "flowering" now.
> Any help will be greatly appreciated. Due to frequent football games
> in my yard years ago, I've waited 12 years for my pecans.
> Bruce
> PS...Too bad my son is no longer 10 years old. The tree is big enough
> to hit back now.

Hard to say without seeing the damage or the shuck. You might want to check out http://entowww.tamu.edu/extension/bulletins/b-1238.html
This is the Texas A&M web site and they cover most aspects of pecan raising and problems.


Oak and Pecan tree leaves as mulch

From: Gary Cooper <biggary@utdallas.edu>
Newsgroups: rec.gardens.edible
Subject: Re: Oak and Pecan tree leaves as mulch In-Reply-To: <35a7e349.3896755@news.hal-pc.org>

On Sat, 11 Jul 1998, Charlie Fred wrote:

> Are there any problems with using these leaves as mulch or to make
> compost with? I know that oak roots have a chemical that kills other
> plants - but the leaves?
> Charlie

Both oak and pecan leaves will be somewhat acid, at least until they finish composting. This is either an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on what kind of soil you have and what you're trying to grow. Anyhow, my experience has been that oak and pecan leaves make very good mulch or compost. Be sure you don't have acorns and pecans mixed in, or you'll have lots of little trees to dig up later.


Pecan Trees

From: "Susan K. Wehe" <swehe@ix.netcom.com>
Newsgroups: rec.gardens
Subject: Re: Pecan Trees

> Pecon tree! wha! I have been trying to grow couple for the past couple of
> years. Ordered from couple of nuseries. Looks like only one is surving.
> Where do you live? and when did you plant your plant and if you did plant
> whre did you get it from?

Living in a pecan producing area, I might be able to pinpoint some of your problems. First off, pecans grow typically along the bottoms of creeks where they receive a great deal of water. They like deep soil as they have fairly extensive root systems. A mature tree (per Manuel Flores - local gardening expert), requires at least 2,000 gallons of water per week. Normal rainfall even with normal additional watering is not likely to provide addequate water to growing trees.
Not all pecans will grow in all areas. In the state of Texas, for example, you need to draw a line from East to West and from North to South to roughly split the state into four sections. Pecans that will do well in some areas (pest resistance, tolerance for the humidity or lack thereof, soil differences) will generally not do well in any of the others. You need to research your area to find out what conditions you have before you buy a pecan. Then check with experts to find out what trees if any will tolerate your specific conditions.
After many, many hours of research we settled on two trees, Choctaw and Cheyenne. We planted ten and they are all thriving despite many months of drought. They not only were recommended for our particular conditions but are complementary to each other.


question about pecan tree's

From: SHARK31@webtv.net
Newsgroups: rec.gardens.edible
Subject: question about pecan tree's
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 14:35:41 -0600 (CST)
I just moved into a new house with 2 acres and 5 or 6 pecan tree's in the back. There each about 85 feet tall. "no kidding". This year they dropped almost decayed nut's. Someone said I needed to spray the tree's with something "they didnt know what" so that they would bear pecans that would be edible. So my question is....What do I need to do and when do I need to do it.. Also.... There is a family of squirrel's living in one of the tree's but they run all over every tree.

From: "olin" <ejkmillero@worldnet.att.net>
Newsgroups: rec.gardens.edible
Subject: Re: question about pecan tree's
Date: 31 Dec 1998 21:52:50 GMT

Before spraying, it might be best to identify the problem. There are probably a dozen or Moore possibilities, many affecting both foliage and fruit. The woodpeckers wiped out much of my pecan crop this year before I was aware of the problem and spraying would not have helped any way. In some areas, a fungus, pecan scab, is a problem that shows up in late summer and early fall and needs to be controlled with a fungicide in the early spring. Another common pest is the pecan nut weevil which develops inside the nut after the egg is deposited inside by the adult after boring into the soft immature shell. This one usually requires a regular spraying schedule that depends on your climate as to frequency and timing so you might want to seek advice locally. In the southwest, there is also a "casebearer" that is pretty similar to weevil in terms of nut damage. So you really need to have a local expert help identify the problem before applying controls. Pecans are great trees and can have a plentiful nut crop. It is well worth some extra research effort to save the crop.

-- To reply omit ejk from address. Olin

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