Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Planting Information

If you recently bought one of our plants. Here is a fact sheet that will help in planting. You can always contact us at riverbendhazelnuts@gmail.com for more detailed planting information. 

 from Dan Johnson at Riverbend Hazelnuts

Grows as a shrub 6 to 10 feet tall, and will make a wonderful edible hedge. Has a round shape with dark green foliage.
Prefers full sun, but will tolerate some shade.
In the fall they will turn a striking mixture of red, yellow, orange, and green.
When established will tolerate droughts and floods.
The nuts are a good source of protein and vitamins, and can be eaten raw or roasted.
These hybrid hazelnuts are a cross between commercial hazelnuts, and the wild American hazelnut growing in this area.

Planting information
Plant 2 plants for pollination, about 5 to 20 feet apart.
Plant about ½ inch deeper than the root ball (leftover nut), and water immediately.
Water once a week when dry during the first year.
The nut is still attached to the root ball, so squirrels and mice will dig up the plant and eat the nut. (protect the plant)

In about 3-4 years you will be able to harvest the nut clusters at the end of August.
In a nutshell, hybrid hazelnuts are a great choice for northern gardeners.

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