4 tips for growing 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.
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
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.
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.