Growing hazelnuts from a seed is quite
easily done, unless you live in a climate where it is freezing all the
time. The key to good hazel tree growth is choosing a variety of the
species that will grow well in your climate.
Kashmirian hazels, for example,
are susceptible to blight in Indian climes, so if you are growing
there, you might want to choose an hazelnut species instead. No matter
where you plant them, hazelnut seeds (which are actually nuts, and are
also called filberts) should be planted in autumn. Start them in
Place your hazelnuts into a container of water so they are covered
completely. Add enough water so that they can float. Seeds that float
are not good, so remove those and save the ones that sink.
1. Pour the hazelnuts into a plastic bag. Add an equal amount of sand
and enough water to just slightly moisten the mixture. Close the bag and
place it in the back of your vegetable drawer in your refrigerator.
2. Allow the nuts to go through a stratification period where the
several weeks of cold will break the hibernation of the germination
process. Check periodically for mold and remove any bad nuts. If you
store the nuts in late October or early November, they can be stored for
about 12 weeks and be ready for sprouting in February.
3. Plant the nuts in six-inch pots filled with potting soil. Make a
one-inch-deep hole with the back of a pencil or your finger and place
the nut in it. Cover with soil. Water it and place the pot in a warm and
keeping the soil moist.
4. Watch for the first signs of growth and then begin watering a little
less, allowing the soil to dry between waterings. This will force the
roots down into the bottom of the pot. Turn the pot a quarter of a turn
every couple of days to keep it from leaning in one direction.
5. Transplant the seedling outside to a sunny spot after the outside
temperatures have warmed to about 60 degrees during the day and above
freezing at night. Make sure it stays watered during the first year
especially. The plants should fruit within three to five years.
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