Pecans for Planting Now

Pecans bear the scientific name Carya illinoinensis. Despite having “Illinois” in the scientific name, pecan trees can be grown well in much of the Southwest. Pecan trees are large at maturity, 40 to 50 feet, and large in diameter too. Before you dig your planting hole, look up and out – check any views you might have, plus avoid planting under power lines. Plant pecan trees 30 to 40 feet apart. Pecans require cross-pollination from another variety of pecan. That said, the ‘Western Schley’ is a variety that is often self-fertile, although an additional tree of another variety will improve fruit set. If you have space for a second tree, select from ‘Apache,’ ‘Burkett,’ ‘Cheyenne,’ ‘Choctaw,’ ‘Mohawk,’ or ‘Wichita,’ because the ‘Western Schley’ will cross with them and vice-versa. Soil: Pecans require well-drained soil and can tolerate rocks, and even clay, but if you have a thick caliche layer in…

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