These were shipped to me almost 5 months ago and promptly planted. They haven’t been fertilized yet, but will give them some liquid fertilizer tomorrow. Grainger has two buds expanded but not yet opened. The other three trees have new growth up to 6 inches or a bit more.
The leaves have darkened up quite a bit after putting some fertilizer on them 2 days ago. I’ll keep them growing vigorously as long as I can during the spring and early summer so they will be well established for next winter.
Those hickory nuts look way better than the ones we had. Ours were more round and the shell was more thick with less meat. At times we completely smashed them to a pulp because of the force needed to break it with the hammer.
@Exmil … that is a mockernut… they have very thick shell and it is harder to get nice chunks from it.
You may have had those… or even red hickory or pig nuts… reds and pig are not that thick shelled but they do not crack well at all… all you can get from them is small thin pieces. Not worth collecting really.
Shagbark nuts or shellbark nuts… thats what you want. Get nice big chunks from them.
It was our neighbors tree and about 40 years ago we would load burlap bags full of them for my Aunt to make Hickory Nut Cake. We spent hours getting the microscopic amount of nuts from them in order for her to make 1 cake. Kind of crazy, looking back on it
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