Mike Jay wrote:Thanks Joseph! I was hoping these hybrid ones would sucker but from what they say (buried in the PDF) they generally don't sucker. They send up many shoots from the roots in the same spot. From that I got the impression that unless I wanted to try to spade the root ball in half, I wouldn't be able to count on suckering for propagation.
Mike Jay wrote:I'm determining how many hazelnuts to purchase for my living fence.
I think I'll buy them from Badgersett in "tubeling" form. They seem to be a good hybrid hazelnut with a nice price tag.
Thanks for any guidance anyone can provide!
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
On my farm, I value diversity. So I would prefer lots of genetically different plants rather than cloning a smaller number of plants.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
The hazelnuts that I've grown sucker like crazy. Perhaps plant them, let them grow for a few moths, then run over them with the lawn mower. I bet that each plant would send up a half-dozen shoots. Chop them apart the next spring, and transplant to their desired location.
Daron Williams wrote:Won't the shoots just be clones since they are from the same root stocks?
Mike Jay wrote:I ended up getting screwed over by Badgersett. They never sent me the plants I bought. So the next year (last spring) I got bare root hazelnuts from Forest Agriculture Nursery (Mark Sheppard's business). The plants were beautiful and had huge root balls. They took right off despite a drought and I barely watered them. This year they're starting to sucker a bit and are about 3' high.
Thanks for reminding me about this thread Julie, I'll bend some branches down to root next spring. I've also heard that if you dig down with a spade two feet away from a plant like a hazelnut, the severed half of the root will panic and send up a shoot. So that might be a good option for propagation as well...
Mike Jay wrote:No, I didn't see the sawdust filled bucket idea. How's that work? I was going to make some boxes and tubes of various sizes to use as nut traps.
I did harvest wild ones two years ago and I started really early. The earlier nuts were really hard to get the husks off of.
Katrina Jones wrote:Here is a trick I read about enlisting help from the squirrels for harvesting. Place a few 5-gallon buckets filled with sawdust around the hazelnut shrubs/trees. The squirrels know which ones are good and harvest them. They will (hopefully) be inclined to bury them in the buckets of sawdust. You can then collect them for yourself, but be nice and leave some ears of non-GMO corn for them in the sawdust. I will be planting my hazelnuts next spring and will try this method. Let me know if it works for any of you. :)