When I lived in northern Wisconsin hazelnuts grew wild. Small but so tastie. I harvested but didn't have to plant so I know nothing about it. When is the best time. We are still getting snow and freezing nights here.
I always tell folks you can plant any time the ground isn't frozen, and the soil isn't so saturated you run the risk of compacting the soil by digging. Hazels are so hardy they barely go dormant, and they start their fertility cycle really early in the spring. I say plant as soon as you can!
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Isaac Hill wrote:Hazels are Monocious, there aren't 'male' and 'female' trees, they're wind pollinated so they should be grown close to each other (hazel hedges are great) and my favorite place to buy the plants is oikos tree crops (http://www.oikostreecrops.com/Nuts/Hazelnuts/), this year they had a lot of different varieties that they'd developed. The native ones have smaller nuts, and the european ones are less resistant to diseases, so hybrids of the two are preferable.
oikos is were i purchased my first seedlings, and also from coldstream farm.
Had a difficult location that was clay on one end and loam on the other, i used thick cardboard and fresh woodchips on top for mulch. Cut holes for seedlings and planted them. Also added forest soil with mycelium to the holes, the cardboard and wood chips were soon colinised and helped the seedlings thrive. There now 8' tall by 12' wide.
The row is 75' long and produces a nice crop of nuts. I belive having several types helps yeilds.
Squirrels have spread them to several locations in my yard and the fields around me.
Anyone have any experience with Hazelberts? I have a really small garden and was hoping to use these as a small 'canopy' layer (about as big as I could get away with) any advice as to pollination, size and yield?
I’m looking to compile a list of Hazelnut farmers in US agricultural zones 7 through 9.
I’m wanting to purchase clones from specific trees this fall for a reasearh project. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
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