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USDA Organic Stuart Pecan
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Oh, the sweet smell of buttery pecan pie, and now you can bake your own fall harvest! Famous for its large nuts and sweet, savory pecan flavor, it has stood the test of time since the early 1900s as the primary bearer of pecans. You will need to play cupid and find it a mate to pollinate with; it likes early pollinators like Caddo or Pawnee Pecan trees. Pecans generally take about ten years to start producing crops, but in the meantime, your trees will still feed the birds! Go “nuts” and grow your own pecan orchard with Stuart Pecans!
Tread lightly, shrink your footprint, and let yourself grow with USDA Certified Organic Trees. Organic farming has sprung up drastically in importance and influence, spreading worldwide the philosophy of deeply rooting nature in harmony and enriching the soil we stand upon. Benefitting the gardener, enhancing biodiversity, preserving nature's wildlife, and a true direction to protecting our environment. Choosing organic trees on your property, whether they are fruit, nut, ornamental, or shade trees, begins with their soil and cultivates change taking root in your backyard. Take one BIG TREE step for your garden, and one giant leap towards a greener world.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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The Stuart Pecan Tree was first planted from seed in Mississippi by J.R. Lassabe in 1874, one of the first large pecan growers. Col. Stuart later propagated these trees, and by 1892 Stuart Pecan trees were being commercially grown. It is the most widely planted pecan tree in the Southeast and beloved for its larger nuts and easier to open shells.
The not so Little Stuart - this pecan tree grows to a fantastic height of 70-100 feet, with a speedy growth rate of 2-3 feet per year! Stuart Pecan trees area Type-2 pollinator and need a Type 1 like Caddo and Pawnee to cross-pollinate to produce nuts.
What does it mean to be USDA Organically grown?
- USDA Organic crops are grown exclusively on land that has gone without having non-USDA Organic approved substances applied for three years.
- No pesticides for us, please! Organically grown crops are highly regulated on what can and cannot be used for pest control—worried about harsh chemicals that have been sprayed on your plant? There is only a small number of approved synthetic chemicals that are allowed to be used. Otherwise, farmers use strict biological, mechanical, and physical management practices.
- Not just any type of seeds are used to grow and harvest organic plants: farmers can only use organic seeds or organically raised seedlings in their organic fields.
- Only the best handling is allowed! Organic and non-organic crops are not allowed to be commingled or near each other. Cross-contamination can occur, botching the organic plant's purity due to non-organic substances that could have been sprayed on non-organic harvests; this would cause the organic plant to be considered compromised.
- Fields are carefully cultivated through crop rotation and proper tillage practices to ensure that the soil and the soil's nutrients are kept at a happy balance. Animal manure, not sludge, is allowed to help infuse the soil with nitrogen to support the growth of the organic crops.
How to Grow
Just as Pecan appreciates low, fertile plains in the wild, it favors deep, rich, moist soil in the home landscape, too. It will certainly survive in drier sites, but it will grow more slowly there. Plant it in full sun and give it lots of room. Pecan Trees can get quite large and they live a long time—200 to 300 years! This is a hardy tree, tolerating winter temperatures to -20ºF, though it produces its largest crops in the southern states, where the growing season is long and warm.
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