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Pecans

shelled pecan, shocked pecan, pecan pie, christmas piesThe pecan (Carya illinoinensis) is a popular and economically important nut tree that is native to the south central region of North America. It is a member of the hickory family. The U.S. produces 80 percent to 95 percent of the world’s pecans. Pecans served for food for native and colonial Americans.

 

General Recommendations

• Pecan trees need good pollination. Cross-pollination is more reliable.

 

• It takes approximately 90 days from pollination for nuts to reach full size.

 

• Adequate soil moisture and fertility early in the season are required for maximum fruit size.

 

• Most nutrients are moved from leaves and shoots to nuts during last 6 weeks of nut fill.

 

• Unfavorable conditions late in the season will result in poorly filled nuts.

 

• Important to have maximum leaf surface area in late spring-early summer.

 

• Nitrogen fertilization and irrigation before bud-break, followed by foliar zinc, helps prolong shoot growth.

 

 

This season:

1) Mix 1 pint AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer with 5 gallons of water and apply it around the base of each tree before bud break. (or 2 gal/acre if broadcast).

 

2) Apply 2 gallons/acre foliar AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer at bud break.

 

3) Apply 1 gallon/acre foliar AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash simultaneously with the natural fertilizer.

 

4) Apply 1 gallon/acre foliar AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash twice more at 2-week intervals.

 

To check the fertility requirements of pecans, a leaf tissue analysis should be taken on healthy midsummer foliage to determine nitrogen and zinc requirements. If zinc is needed in addition to that supplied by AGGRAND, a zinc-sulfate foliar application is indicated.