Thursday, December 26, 2019
Preparing pecan seeds for planting next Spring
Pecan seeds need to go though a process called stratification before they will germinate properly. I start this process by placing all my seed in a large plastic tub (photo above).
The final step in the stratification process is to place the seed boxes into cold storage. Pecan seeds need to be held at 33 to 40 degrees F for 90-120 days before they will germinate uniformly. If you use a standard household refrigerator to stratify your seed, open the lid of your seed box once a month to make sure the potting soil isn't drying out. If the soil feels dry, simply sprinkle on some water to re-wet.
My seed nuts should be ready for planting in late April just as outdoor temperatures start to warm up.