Return to the Fruit & Orchards Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Pecan training

Posted by KangaDoodle none (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 5, 13 at 19:43

I would love some advice on training pecan trees and which to choose for a central leader. Also, I know now is not the ideal time to prune. Should I wait? If so till when? Thanks!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Pecan training

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 5, 13 at 19:56

If you want a central leader on that tree tie one of those upper two shoots off to the stub of a central leader. Tie so the chosen shoot is upright. Then next winter cut off all above that shoot which by then should support itself upright.


 o
RE: Pecan training

Thanks so much for the reply! Do you think it needs a central leader. this is my first pecan and eveything I read says yes. Which would you choose? Tie it with a string? Will that make a weak angle?


 o
RE: Pecan training

Lots of info out on the net on proper 'training' for young pecans.
Dr. Bill Reid, KSU Extension pecan specialist has a 'northern pecan blog' - and has some good photos of proper pruning cuts and directional pruning techniques. You may have to go back through the past couple of years' posts to find all you need, but it's well worth the effort.

Here is a link that might be useful: Northern Pecan Blog - Dr. Bill Reid


 o
RE: Pecan training

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 6, 13 at 10:54

Kanga:

You won't have a sharp angle because you'll cut off everything above that shoot. If you chose the upper left shoot just bend it upright a little and tie off to that stub. Use like an old piece of towel, something non abrasive. Then next winter cut off the stub. Now that shoot is the new leader.

But no you don't need a leader. It's mainly a matter of how high you want the branches and how that affects things like mowing under the tree.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Fruit & Orchards Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here