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07/02/2014 at 12:11

I am thinking about planting a cob nut tree. - I have the space.

I would like to hear of experiences with them - recommended varieties, length of time before I have a harvest, pruning, downfalls etc, pollination

Thanks for help

 

07/02/2014 at 16:08

Question 1. Are there grey squirells in the vicinity. If so, dont bother. I have quite a few hazels in the hedge. They set nuts every year. Every year the squirrels eat them before they are ripe enough  for us to eat.

07/02/2014 at 16:52
The contorted variety is more interesting and sets nuts too but if you want to get bean poles as well then this would obviously not be the best choice.
07/02/2014 at 18:45

Was aiming for a nut harvest - mmmmm squirrels, a couple around but not overrun with them

07/02/2014 at 18:48

I only see squirrels for a few weeks a year. Hazel nuts, walnuts, acorns, then they're off.

Except in a hard winter when they come for the peanuts

07/02/2014 at 18:58

Last year was the first time the squirrels didn't nick my hazelnuts - I expect they'll be back as per normal this autumn though!  If I were to plant another cob, it would be a purple leaved filbert (aka red filbert.)  Smaller nut crop but much more attractive foliage (which is all I usually get to enjoy!)  Chris Bowers (who posts on this forum) has a good range of all types to choose from.  Matty, just one squirrel will strip a tree - they just take them, bury them and return until there are none left.. 

08/02/2014 at 17:15

I have four large hazels in my garden,  and at least three red squirrels in the area, the nuts are for the squirrels which i have great fun watching.

 

08/02/2014 at 17:52

How lovely Andrew.  Worth having them just for that reason alone   

08/02/2014 at 21:45

fidjetbones.  You took the words right out of my mouth.  I have a family of Toby's residing in a Poplar tree adjoing my garden.  They come when called.  They are so intelligent.  Fantastic.  It's worth the bit of damage and mischief they cause at times.  Our wildlife is so valuable to us.

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