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In the garden: Happy filbert!

This filbert tree is in my raspberry patch, which for reasons unknown to me, has ended up with spectacular soil. It's now taller than I am!

Basically, I'm just happy to have the tree; if I actually get filberts that will be a bonus. I think the trick, with nut trees, is making sure squirrels don't successfully compete for the nuts. I remember reading somewhere (possibly here) that this is the trick to use: Get a plastic pipe, seal one end, and bury it in the ground near the tree with the open end up. Then the squirrels will hide their nuts in the pipe, and you can collect them!

This is posssibly apocryphal; I can't imagine a big nut farm -- make up your own jokes, here -- protects its trees that way.

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Submitted by gizzardboy on

You may need two or more to cross-pollinate to get nuts. I thought I was down to one, but discovered a second one hiding in the weeds. Mine are less than a foot tall, but I bought the cheapie little plants.

Submitted by lambert on

Although this is the happiest one; best light, best soil.

And I believe they are pollinating; can you tell me something to look for, and I'll photograph it.

Submitted by Dromaius on

We had a giant walnut tree when I was a kid. The squirrels would sit up in that tree, crack and eat the walnuts and shower the shells on my head if I was underneath it. Maybe they stored some of the nuts too (probably). I was just happy that they took them because I hated gathering the things. Of course, I couldn't walk barefooted on that side of the house because the shells were abrasive. To this day, I dislike walnuts, LOL

If your tree doesn't produce many filberts, the squirrels may eat all of them rather than storing any in the pipe. I don't know if netting may offer better protection.....like bird netting.