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Walnut seedling safe from squirrels yet?

 
Mike Jay
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I tried to grow butternuts from seed this year in small pots. Today I noticed that two of them sprouted!!! They're 5" tall and I think I should plant them out as soon as I can so that the tap root doesn't circle too much. Do I have to worry about squirrels digging them up now that they've sprouted? I would assume not but it would be a shame to lose them now.

FYI, I got the nuts in the fall with the husk on. I stored them in the fridge all winter and washed the rotten black husk off this spring. I planted them in 6" pots with potting soil with the top of the nuts 1" underground on 3/7. I watered them off and on and had them outside for the last two months. I planted 6 and two came up so far. Woo hoo!
 
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I planted 8 walnuts in containers a year and a half ago. Several sprouted, and I kept three. They didn't get very big but they were alive all summer. I was planning to plant them out in place this spring, but various things came in the way, so the containers are still outside my door. None of three sprouted leaves this spring. I'm still watering them but have given up hope. I watered them occasionally all winter, and each pot has another weed thriving in it so I don't think I failed to water them consistently. Phooey!
 
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From What I have seen the squirrels loose interest come summer and the nuts are safe to plant out then

David
 
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Thanks David! That's what I needed to hear

On a related note, does anyone know if I should wait for the roots to develop and fill the pot before I plant them out? Or should I try to put it in the ground as soon as possible? I'm worried about planting it and having the potting soil fall apart as I plant it. But I'm also worried about not keeping the pot watered enough during summer and also having the roots circle.
 
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I would stick it out now
 
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I understand that (some? most?) nut trees have a long tap root that doesn't like to be disturbed. Plant in place as soon as practical.


Last fall I put hundreds of (husked) hickory and white oak nuts in the ground. At the last check I don't see any that came up.
Of the 50 or so walnuts in the same place there might be 6 sprouting.

Thanks for sharing your technique. I'll try that this year.
 
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Thanks gents, I'll get it in the ground as soon as possible. Food forest, here I come!!!
 
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Pics or it didn't happen Thanks for the good advice Roy and David! The potting soil held together good enough to gingerly plant them. And the tap root had hit the bottom of the 6" deep pot and started to coil around a bit. Next time I'll probably try to find a taller pot. Maybe a piece of downspout...
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