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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
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.
Was aiming for a nut harvest - mmmmm squirrels, a couple around but not overrun with them
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
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..
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.
How lovely Andrew. Worth having them just for that reason alone