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    Default Halzelnut, can I grow it????

    I have picked up some Turkish hazelnut nuts.

    The trees are growing in a local market place and the seeds were on the floor in the car park. I would like to plant them & see what happens but don't really think I know how to go about it

    Any advice ?

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    Here's some info I found about growing Hazelnut trees
    Hazelnuts or Filberts can be found all over North America
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    Some nuts are roasted, which means dead!
    If they're fresh, they need a several-week winter chill to germinate the following year. You could put them in the fridge for a few months, or just plant them outside.
    The resulting tree is likely to want to grow and not produce fruit. I have a variety of hazels/cobnuts/filberts and the "seedling" trees are very difficult to get to fruit, until they reach middle age and a large size. The "cloned" commercial varieties (propapagated by layering or root suckers and grown for a couple of seasons at teh nursery) will often produce nuts the year after planting. Hazels grow like weeds in all kinds of soils - including very poor, dry, shallow soils where little else can thrive.
    If you plant a seed, expect it to grow 10-15ft tall, take ten years to bear nuts and it may be only a light cropper. The commercial varieties (Kent, Gunslebert, GustavZeller, Butler, Cosford and others) are more reliable and mroe controllable, although Cosford is a strong grower and is more suited to being a pollinator, with it's masses of catkins at the expense of flowers. Pollination isn't always an issue, since it is wind-scattered pollen that can travel miles from wild hazels in roadside hedges. Butler is a fairly strong grower. Kent and Gunslebert are medium growers. Gustav Zeller is a weak grower.

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    I forgot to ask if I have to shell the hazelnut before I plant it

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    Could be an interesting project.

    If....you have the room and patience for a long term growing spree before nut production.

    Just grow it for the fun and if you get the benefit of fruit/nuts in the future count it as a Brucie bonus!

    I'm currently growing Dragon Fruit (cactus) - have got a 6" cactus (with wings as I call it) out of it in first year - I know it will be a straggley old thing and 'IF' I am to expect fruit - will have to give it a substantial container and support in years 2 and 3! But hey - life's about learning and having fun - in this case with a freebie hazel.

    Good luck - and report back your findings!

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    We have a variety called Gustav Zeller, I'm sure the nuts would be lovely, but I've never beaten the squirrels to them. Even so we're planning on planting another hazel this autumn, probably of a different variety.
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    In the DVD on Paradise Gardens, Geoff Hamilton advises that you need two types of hazel trees to pollinate each other - he seems to infer any two types will do, so it might be an idea to get another type of hazel to try out as well.

    He gives the impression that hazel can be prolific - I thought I'd like to try them myself, though I think he was recommending getting trees already several feet high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluemoon View Post
    We have a variety called Gustav Zeller, I'm sure the nuts would be lovely, but I've never beaten the squirrels to them. Even so we're planning on planting another hazel this autumn, probably of a different variety.
    I'll allow the squirrels to take a small portion of my hazelnuts, but if they start causing damage by burying them in the grass, or take more than their fair share, I have a few air rifles that would soon put a stop to that.

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