Have you ever found refuge in the cool shade of a pecan tree on a scorching hot summer day? Have you ever had the opportunity to harvest home grown pecans with your family on a brisk, fall afternoon? Have those freshly cracked pecans found their way into a family favorite recipe, like pecan pie? If you responded “Yes!” to any of these questions, then chances are you have been fortunate enough to enjoy memories such as these that last a life time; that can even connect one generation to the next. If you would like to grow these kinds of memories, then taking the small step of planting a pecan tree in your home landscape could turn into a generational legacy.
At Wise Nurseries, we take pride in helping to make these opportunities possible. We are approaching the time of year when pecan trees will be arriving and available for purchase at our Statesboro garden center. The stock will arrive in the next two to three weeks and will sell quickly; especially the bare root trees. Call us in the next 7-10 days to reserve your picks from our incoming stock. (912-489-2110)
Listed below are the varieties we will have available this year. Be sure to plant a type 1 with a type 2 for good cross pollination.
Creek (Type 1) is very disease and pest resistant and is considered one of the hardiest pecans available. Creek pecan trees tend to have a more compact growth habit than most and can produce well in dense settings where there is competition with other trees for sunlight. Sometimes overlooked because its nut quality is just shy of many commercial preferences, this satisfying gem of a nut can make an excellent choice for residential use.
Eclipse (Type 1) pecans begin to ripen the first week or two of September, making them one of the earliest available to harvest. They produce a very slender pecan, but their quality along with their early harvest more than compensate for their lack of width. Additionally, they are highly disease and pest resistant.
Elliot (Type 2) produces a small yet very high quality pecan nut. Elliot pecan trees have sturdy canopies and strong tap roots. Pest and disease resistance is also a plus with this variety. In summary, Elliot pecans are an excellent selection for low maintenance orchards and for residential plantings where trees could produce with little or no spraying.
Oconee (Type 2) yields a large pecan that is desirable for its very high quality, and because it shells easily. Its disease and pest resistance is considered medium grade. During seasons of low pest infestation, it may produce a crop without pest treatment, but some type of spray program is recommended to help ensure a good crop. All things considered, they are an excellent selection when nut quality and size is a strong preference.
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