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maria starts with ...
can macdamia and pecan nuts be grown in south west Victoria (Geelong area)
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Grubs says...
I have a single Macadamia growing in Melbourne and its got a fair few nuts on it this year. Total neglect growing in a paddock. Was at the house when I bought it so no clue on the variety. Its likely to be 15+ yrs old ~7-10m tall. I just bought another from daleys to see if having different types increases pollination.


I have a couple of small ones (1m high) that are babies of the big one growing about 80cm from the trunk. I dont know if these are root suckers or seedlings that grew from fallen nuts. Does anyone know if Macadamias sucker like that? - I dont want to dig them up in a vain attempt to transplant them if its going to damage the roots of the mother tree.


I'm also interested in whether pecans grow this far south - my google fu struggled to find much info.
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Linton says...
How to grow Nut Trees from seeds?
I would like to know how to grow some Nut Trees from the seeds. Do you need to take out the kernel from the hard shell and plant it or just plant the whole lot in the soil?

Most nuts have a hard shell around them so I don't think they can germinate if the moisture can't get in.

A friend once put an avocado seed out of an avocado he had just eaten, in a jar of water and after some time it sprouted and could then be planted in the ground. Is it possible to grow nuts this way too?
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jakfruitetiquette says...
Linton, best to get a good propagation book, such as "principles of plant propagation, Hartmann and Krester" as the tricks for each type of nut species species can be slightly different.
Some can be helped by rasping away some of the shell, some need to be stored in the fridge for 3 months to stimulate winter.
All the best JE
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Linton says...
These are the African nut seeds that I want to grow. The outside shell is quite hard but some have a groove along them which might let some moisture penetrate to help with germination of the seed inside. I don't think I should crack them open to plant.

I'll try to get the book you mentioned. Are Hartmann and Krester the authors?
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Nice nuts you have there Linton... what kinda tree do they come from?
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Linton says...
These are a large tree in Africa. It's name is too difficult to repeat right here, let alone trying to spell it correctly.

But I can look it up and let you know later if interested.
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
OK keep me posted.
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Linton says...
Hello, its me again. About the Nut Tree these are the various names given to it:

Botanical names - Formerly known as Ricinodendron rautanenii but now in the Ricinodendron family.
The species name is now known as Schinziophyton rautanenii.

And the African names are mongongo nut or manketti nut.

By the way, they are supposed to be highly edible and nutritious but I've never tasted any. Hope this helps - cheers.
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jakfruitetiquette says...
Hi Linton, maybe this weill help
http://www.kew.org/science-research-data/kew-in-depth/difficult-seeds/species-profiles/schinziophyton-rautanenii/index.htm
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Linton says...
Thanks for this information. I've had a look at it and it is quite helpful. Cheers!
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Wargi says...
Wondering if anyone knows how I can get hold of some Mongongo nuts seeds. Cheers
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Markmelb says...
Found this interesting link on the Mogongo nut - 25 years to fruit is the discouraging factor and needs to be hot and dry - maybe the Desert where it grows also doesn't get below 25c at night annually and very little rain -- which removes most places in Australia is my guess?? We have deserts with sandy soils and little rain but they get quite cold at night - unless it can tolerate too much moisture such as Nth Qld?

http://www.fruitipedia.com/mongongo_nutSchinziophyton%20rautenii.htm
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andyvanemmerik says...
HI Lynton, Did you do any good with this trial?

Andy
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Linton says...
The Mongongo nuts never germinated so I never got to grow any.
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andyvanemmerik says...
Thanks Linton! That is good to know although disappointing. I found this in Fruitipedia. 'The seed germination is been found to hasten and increase after treatment with 2-chloroethyl phosphonic acid or Ethephon.'

Did you do that?
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Linton says...
No I didn't do that. Also read on a number of sites that Mongongo nuts need to pass through the stomach of an elephant in order to germinate. I didn't do that either!
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