Lana Weldon wrote:And you also help wildlife by growing hazel:
Alexandra and Colin Proctor wrote:Ooooo... and I would love to hear if any others have noticed which plants like to grow with hazels. Our understory has remained virtuallu empty beneath them for years... even the apple mint we transplanted didn't take. I have heard of a hazel orchard having great success with truffles beneath them.... but would love to hear of any other edible successes in the food forest model for beneath hazels.
Cindy Loos wrote:Very informative. Thank you.
But I DO have a question...
How do you keep squirrels from eating your hazels
J Johnson wrote:Here is SW Missouri, our white tailed buddies just love hazelnuts. Of course they have tons (literally) of acorns and hickory nuts to feast on. Around here Walnuts tend to be a squirrel thing. Be well. Jim Johnson
Saralee Couchoud wrote:This article is very timely. I have just made the incredibly hard decision to get out of cattle and I am looking for something to put in my 50 acres of pasture. You mentioned growing them for lumber. Approximately how many years before they are a profitable size to cut?
I really enjoyed this article it is easy to understand and very complete. Thank you
Myron Platte wrote:Squirrels getting greedy? You have a cat deficiency!
Mark Brunnr wrote:If hazel isn't coppiced it will grow as a standard tree. When I described wanting to grow "hazel shrubs" to my dad he was confused as the hazels by his house are all over 30 feet tall. I expect that is a decades-long goal though.
Skandi Rogers wrote:Brunswick Stew
Sounds like some of you need some recipes! if you can't eat nuts eat the squirrels and hope for some nutty flavours?
Carol Manda wrote:This is the most information about hazelnut trees/shrubs that I have ever seen in one place! I planted one 15" tall sapling in 2015 and now it is about 12' tall. The pollen catkins were strikingly abundant this late winter, but I have yet to see a nut on that bush! What is most interesting in your article is the information about coppicing. I have pruned my shrubs and small trees and used the prunings for beanpoles, etc. but have only cut shrubs to the ground in an attempt to do away with them! (I am trying to eliminate one viburnum opulus which is vastly overgrown and in a terrible spot. It doesn't want to die, even after I dug around the roots and hacked at them) With coppicing, does the entire shrub need to be cut, and how much stem do I leave above the crown? I only have the one hazel and do like how it looks much of the year until the Japanese beetles have their way with it. Space is at a premium in my small yard! What if I cut a few large branches each year, like on a 3-year renewal cycle?
craig howard wrote: I put in over 100 hazelnut bushes 3, 4 and 5 years ago.
They didn't all survive so I have about 96.
Some do really well, start producing the third year and even better the forth.
One is large and produces many now. It was the first to produce at 3 years.
One is small and produced many the 3rd year.
Most, big or small, don't produce much or anything at all.
Several medium size with medium crop.
Is it possible to move the good ones?
Do they transplant well after they are over 4 years old.
Rich Ard wrote:
Carol Manda wrote:I only have the one hazel and do like how it looks much of the year until the Japanese beetles have their way with it. Space is at a premium in my small yard! What if I cut a few large branches each year, like on a 3-year renewal cycle?
did you ever find out why it does not produce any nuts?