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Growing Walnut Trees

Walnuts are remarkably easy to grow. I started growing my first walnut tree something like 15 years ago. I purchased it as a three year old tree in a large pot from somebody selling from their house. I planted it in my garden and away it went.

Walnuts are such pretty trees, it doesn’t matter to me whether or not they actually produce fruit. The leaves of the walnut give off an oil when they are rubbed and the oil, in my opinion, smells lovely.

Although the books tell you that walnut trees do not fruit until they are 20 years old, mine actually started fruiting when it was 10 years old and never looked back. It became a large tree with a really lovely looking bark with no problems (apart from the squirrels which would get to my walnuts before I did).

They are so lovely and so easy to germinate that I ended up with a mini-forest of walnut trees. I experimented to see if it made any difference whether or not the shell was cracked before sowing and found that it made no difference whatsoever. They even germinated in the same amount of time

Walnuts straight from the tree are a bit like Conkers from the Horse Chestnut tree. They have a hard, green outer coating which comes off to reveal the walnut in its shell. If you leave the coating on the shell it will eventually soften and be easier to get off. A word of warning though, the shell will stain your hands black. It will not show until you wash your hands after dealing with them. The black dye will not come off easily.

My current Walnut Trees are about 6 years old. They spent their first year in a 3 inch pot and then another in a larger pot. This is because I knew I was going to move and wanted to keep the amount of pots etc to a minimum. The trees are now about 5 ft tall and are looking very healthy indeed. They have buds which look a bit like ‘sticky buds’ produced by Horse Chestnut trees, but they are not sticky.

Walnuts, are of course a favorite at Christmas, but apart from eating them as snacks, they are useful in cookery with a large number of recipes both in baking and savoury cooking.Walnuts are not my favourite nut to eat, but even if I didn’t like them at all, I would still grow walnut trees. They are such decorative tres, the barks are attractive in the winter, the leaves are very aromatic and the trees always have a beautiful shape.