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How to Get Black Walnut to Germinate
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Joe MD    Posted 07-22-2004 at 13:45:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have two black walnut trees. One is large and old and one is a recent offspring.

I tried to get some seeds to germinate by putting them in clay pots with dirt, but I had no luck.

Is there a trick? I'd like to grow some more.

henrich Iowa    Posted 07-22-2004 at 19:57:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Throw your seed in the freezer and leave there for about 30 days. Then take them out and plant, they should germinate well.

Dave Munson    Posted 07-22-2004 at 17:06:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Let the grass grow around the existing tree a few weeks. Save the little trees that come up.

Bob/Ont    Posted 07-22-2004 at 16:23:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Joe they are so easy to start a squirrel can plant them, infact many are planted that way. In the 70's some kids on their way to school broke off and killed a small maple tree. Soon after that one morning my dad saw a squirrel bury a walnut in the soft ground beside the broken trunk. Now there is a double walnut growing there.
Later Bob

rhouston    Posted 07-22-2004 at 14:05:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
place them on your compost pile and ignore them they will sprout.

EGH    Posted 07-22-2004 at 14:02:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Black walnut, when ripened and shed from the tree, is dormant. The seed coat, though extremely hard, permits the kernel to absorb water rather freely. By the time the kernel after-ripens and is ready to resume growth, the hard seed coat cracks along the edges and, thus, presents no obstacle to the growing embryo. Black walnut after-ripens in stratification at 33oF to 50oF in two or three months. Many propagators prefer fall planting, but in Oklahoma the winter temperature may not stay low enough for the sufficient length of time.Walnuts can be sown with husks on. If they are husked keep the nuts moist to prevent loss of viability. In addition, avoid large piles of walnuts. This creates heat that will destroy the seed. Smaller piles of 10 inches or less will more effectively dissipate any heat.

Pitch    Posted 07-22-2004 at 15:51:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
My problem is how not to get them to propogate. I am just plain over run with them. Around here they are so profilic that most folks including myself consider them to be weeds. You can't kill them either. cut them down and as long as the root is alive they will put out suckershoots forever.

mojo    Posted 07-22-2004 at 19:59:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ain't that the truth! I've got one in my garden that I've come to have alot of respect for, it is one tough nut!;-)
It never gets more that a couple of inches tall before he gets lopped down, but he always comes right back. Let's see how he handles being plowed this fall!

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