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Two years ago we bought two named hazel nut trees, and planted them up. They are now strong healthy looking young trees, which bore a few nuts last year, and there are signs of a few to come this year.
My question is this, how do I prune them to encourage more fruiting next year, and in the following years? They cannot be allowed to get too tall due to the place in which they are - but I know I have seen highly productive hazel hedges so that should not be a problem, if only I knew how to set about it. Any help would be greatly welcomed.
When we had an old hazel coppice an elderly neighbour showed us how to do thishttp://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/blog/brutting-hazel-trees-to-get-more-nuts/ . I was sceptical, but it really increased the crop. I'm sure he didn't call it brutting tho, but I can't remember what he did call it.
Then he would come and coppice one or two 'stools' each November, planning it so that each bush was coppiced every 7 years.
I love green hazel nuts - they are such a treat
Thank you, just ethe kind of information I was looking for. I do so agree re green hazel nuts, my sister in law grows them which is why we wanted to start - yummy!