Root Pecan Cuttings – Can You Grow Pecans From Cuttings

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Pecans are such delicious nuts that if you have a mature tree, your neighbors are likely to be jealous. It may occur to you to grow a few gift plants by rooting pecan cuttings. Will pecans grow from cuttings? Cuttings from pecan trees, given appropriate treatment, can root and grow.

Read on for more info on pecan cutting propagation.

Pecan Cuttings Propagation

Even without a crop of tasty nuts, pecan trees are appealing ornamentals. These trees are easy to propagate in several different ways, including planting pecan seeds and rooting pecan cuttings.

Of the two methods, using pecan cutting propagation is preferable since each cutting develops into a clone of the parent plant, growing exactly the same type of nuts. Fortunately, rooting pecan cuttings is neither difficult nor time consuming.

Growing pecans from cuttings starts with taking 6 inch (15 cm.) tip cuttings in springtime. Pick side branches about as thick as a pencil that are very flexible. Make the cuts on a slant, positioning the pruners just below leaf nodes. For cuttings from pecan trees, look for branches with lots of leaves but no flowers.

Growing Pecans from Cuttings

Preparing the cuttings from pecan trees is only part of the process of pecan cutting propagation. You also need to prepare the containers. Use small, biodegradable pots less than 6 inches (15 cm.) in diameter. Fill each one with perlite then pour in water until the medium and the container are thoroughly wet.

Remove the leaves from the bottom half of each cutting. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone, then press the stem into the perlite. About half its length should be below the surface. Add a little more water, then place the pot outside in a sheltered area with some shade.

Caring for Pecan Cuttings

Mist the cuttings daily to keep them moist. At the same time, add a little water to the soil. You don’t want the cutting or the perlite to dry out or the cutting won’t root.

The next step in rooting pecan cuttings is exercising patience as the cutting sprouts roots. Over time, those roots grow stronger and longer. After a month or so, transplant the cuttings into larger containers filled with potting soil. Transplant into the ground the following spring.

Teo Spengler

Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.