How many pockets of seeds per 1 hectare if I want to plant? Seeds and seedlings, which one is the best when planting?
Butternut Squash is directly planted into hills of soil.
Generally speaking you plant 4 or 5 seeds per hill.
Seedlings do not transfer well to the garden.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care instructions.
Do butternut trees make acid soil so one cannot grow any thing around the area.. I heard that black walnut trees cause difficulty in growing plants near it???
Soil pH: 6.8-7.2 for a Butternut Tree.
Hi, I read in this article about butternuts that "And the nuts that grow on these wild trees are easy to process and delicious to eat." EASY TO PROCESS?! Unlike the black walnut which are easy to crack open and get the kernel out mostly intact, I have tried almost every method to open a butternut. I have used hammer, pliers, and finally a bench vise. The bench vise seem to work but most of the time it cracks the nuts in small pieces. But I see the handy work of the squirrels and I really wonder how they open these nuts in 2 halves and take the kernel. My question is: If you know how to easily crack open these nuts without hammering your thumb or cutting your fingers please let me know. Thank you.
The key is a nut that was dried properly!
Only harvest fallen butternuts if you shook them from the tree yourself. Tree nuts allowed to sit on the ground for even a short amount of time may have already begun to rot. Remove the nuts from the hulls, rinse, then place in a cool, dark, dry area with good air circulation to cure. After a couple weeks, crack a nut and if the shell cracks easily then it has dried properly.
I would like to get some butternut seeds to try and grow...not many trees around me .Can you help....thanks
We do not usually recommend places to purchase anything. I would recommend checking local nurseries, or even online nurseries. Many will ship to just about anywhere.
I have butternut seeds that are very old -- maybe thirty years. What can I do to sprout them? The shells are very hard but they were kept in a cool basement.
They may not be viable at this point, and are very susceptible to disease. You may still choose to take on this task. This will require some preparation, beforehand.
Here are some articles that will help:
Hello. I read your article on Heartnuts but it really didn't go into details about how to germinate them. Do Heartnut seeds require cold stratification like most other nut trees before they will germinate? If so, would they be most similar to a Walnut in comparison for seed planting preparation? Thank you in advance for your response and information.
Yes, but be aware that with such age of the nuts, they will likely not germinate. You can test by putting them in a tub of water. Any that float will not be viable. If there are any that sink, then you may have a chance with those.
Stratification will be for, at least, 90 days. This can be done in refrigerator.
I was thinking about planting this tree by ninebarks , spirea , nan king cherry and thunder child weeping crab. I have heard you can’t plant the butternut tree by some other trees and bushes. Is this true?
I would isolate this tree far from others. The roots will produce juglone, which many plants are sensitive to. If you cannot isolate, then you may choose to grow this in a very large container.
Here is an article that will help you with their care: