Shagbark hickory nuts

Asked July 13, 2020, 7:18 AM EDT

Hello, I would like to grow a shagbark tree. What is the procedure to grow from the nut. Thank you

Oakland County Michigan

1 Response

You'll want to collect your seeds right after they have fallen off the tree. You may have to remove the thick outer husk once it dries, if it has not already fallen off. I've included articles with pictures so that you can see what I'm talking about. Avoid using any seeds that have insect damage or holes. You'll be left with a nut that has a hard outer shell. This will need to be stratified. Put some sand in a bag and add your seeds (nuts). Keep it at 34-40F for 5 months before planting it. Once you've done this, plant them and cover them with a 1/2 inch or a little less of soil and keep them watered until they sprout. Have fun!