The sweet-tasting, cream-coloured hazelnuts are one of the most popular in the UK, try and grow your own with our guide!
Hazelnuts are one of the most exciting nuts to grow. Their growing patterns vary from species and topography, and If you are looking to experience something completely new and unique in your gardening journey, then you should try growing hazelnuts.
Home-grown hazelnuts are more nutritious and healthy when compared to any industrial-grown lot. Hazelnuts are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and they are particularly beneficial in battling high blood pressure and maintaining sugar levels in our body.
When we look at the process, growing hazelnuts in your backyard or inside your house will be a whole new exploit, even for experts. That is why we have explained every step below so that you don’t face any issues while growing these lovely nuts.
How To Plant Hazelnut Trees
Hazelnut tree adores moist and tepid soils, and due to their high fertility rate, they grow spectacularly well in group formation. For instance, a hazelnut tree is not a “tree” as such, it is considered more of a bushy shrub.
Hazelnut trees are said to be more inclined toward cool weathers, as long, and hot summer can destroy the first fruits. In contrast, some species of hazelnut like Corylus are ideal to be grown in warmer weather.
A typical hazelnut growing season is said to commence by early springs, and it lasts till mid-fall. Hazelnut trees are also deemed highly beneficial for the plants around them as they help them in fertilization.
How To Care For Hazelnut Trees
Looking after a hazelnut tree is rather straightforward. In their mid-tenure, the length of branches can grow very long. And the hazelnut branches are not very durable so that regular pruning sessions will work wonders for your tree.
Watering the plant once-a-week would be sufficient as long as the soil remains healthy and fertile. Again, depending on the species your grown, apply fertilizers 3 to 4 time annually to keep your plant thriving. Hazelnut also attracts a lot of bees, in particular, so look out for any potential bee hive development on your tree and remove it immediately use pesticides.
Composting in mid-winters is highly recommended as it can decide the different growth patterns of young hazelnut yields. Any kind of weed developments or suckers should be removed with immediate effects as they tend to suck out all the essential nutrients from your plant.
How To Harvest Hazelnuts
The nuts are ready to be harvested in mid-autumn. And this is the prime time for squirrels to invade your hazelnut trees. But there is very little you can do to protect your young yields from squirrels. The only way out is to keep a vigilant eye on them when the harvesting period nears.
When the husks have turned yellow, pull them out and store them in a dry place. Also, dump the hazelnuts which are have eaten by squirrels. You have to apply compost and mulch near harvesting growing zone to support the yields which are yet to be developed.