4 tips for grow­ing hazel­nuts

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature -

Hazel­nuts

like free drain­ing, loamy soil and lit­tle or no wind. They like be­ing open, with light flow­ing through the branches – this means bet­ter pol­li­na­tion over­all and ul­ti­mately more nuts.

If you

are in­ter­ested in plant­ing an or­chard of hazel­nuts, the Hor­well's rec­om­mend you look at some ex­ist­ing or­chards be­fore de­cid­ing on va­ri­eties and over­all ca­pac­ity. The Hazel­nut Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of NZ meet in Marl­bor­ough or Can­ter­bury once or twice a year and are al­ways keen to ad­vise new­com­ers to the in­dus­try. Their web­site also has good in­for­ma­tion: www.hazel­nut-grow­ers.org.nz

Hazel­nut

trees are mo­noe­cious, car­ry­ing both male stigma or catkins, and fe­male flow­ers, but they still need to be pol­li­nated by a dif­fer­ent va­ri­ety like Merville de Boll­willer or Alexandr or other pol­li­na­tors.

En­nis

hazel­nuts of­ten pro­duce ex­po­nen­tially un­til they are 3-7 years old, then you can get an av­er­age of 10-12kg from one tree ev­ery year. Jenny says it's good to be pre­pared and plan how you are go­ing to han­dle these quan­ti­ties be­fore you plant the trees.

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