Growing Black Walnut Trees forum: A Retirement Crop

 
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Imagestormyla
Aug 31, 2010 1:11 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I've never considered the idea of growing any large quantitiy of trees. This is mostly due to the fact that I don't have the land to do it. But I've recently been reading many articles about Black Walnut Trees and have discovered what a hugh cash crop they are. Actually, I was aware of this having known folks who have inherited land that's logged and harvested for timber in sections, about every 5 years.

I've recently discovered that Black Walnut is considered to be the ultimate "retirement" investment for tree growers. At almost $10,000 per tree, it's easy to see why. It's also an incredible legacy to leave to your family, a recurring gift for generations to come.

I'll be using this thread to post information about raising Black Walnut trees on a larger scale and invite everyone to post any pertinent data here!
Imagestormyla
Sep 2, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
This wonderful article "A Review of Suitable Companion Crops for black Walnut" by Robert Scott & William C. Sullivan outlines a 30 year program for growing such a cash cow. Thumbs up

http://web.mac.com/wcsulliv/William_Sullivan/Publications_fi...
Imagestormyla
Sep 5, 2010 6:27 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
My Black Walnut trees (2) did not bear any nuts this year. The last 2 years they had so many nuts that I was falling on them everywhere.(and they on me) I did some reading and found several different perspectives on why the trees don't always produce nuts.
Imagestormyla
Sep 8, 2010 11:42 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Several of the articles that I read said that Black Walnut trees need to be pruned to bear nuts. I did prune mine two out of the last five years here, but not for the purposes of generating nut production. They bore plenty of nuts the last 4 years, with a particularly big crop last year.

I visited an old neglected plantation locally on Saturday. No one is living in it and part of it has been taken over by the park service. It had many Black Walnut trees growing on it, all unpruned. Many of them were bearing quite a few nuts.

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Imagestormyla
Sep 23, 2010 1:04 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Here's some good information abput selling your Black Walnut trees.

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/askextension/thisQuestion....
Imagesheryl
Sep 27, 2010 6:07 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Oh boy - I *really* need to get my tree id'd....
Imagestormyla
May 26, 2011 3:21 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Did you get it done Sheryl?
Imagesheryl
May 29, 2011 6:06 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
No, I never have - there's just so much else to be done around here.
Imagestormyla
May 29, 2011 7:44 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I know the feeling!
Imagesheryl
Jun 2, 2011 7:58 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Oh geez, yeah - I know you do!!!
Imagestormyla
Jun 2, 2011 8:59 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Well Sheryl, here is an idea for your unmowable back 40!!
Imagesheryl
Jun 3, 2011 9:03 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
There ya go.... really, it is a thought. I bet the ponies wouldn't eat Walnuts... and they could sure use the shade. Have you ever found a good source to purchase the trees?
Imagestormyla
Jun 3, 2011 11:01 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
No, but if you want I'll go look around on DG.
Imagesheryl
Jun 3, 2011 4:29 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
For trees, you go to DG? Sure! Thumbs up
Imagestormyla
Jun 3, 2011 7:45 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
OK, I'll do it sometime this week!!
Imagesheryl
Jun 3, 2011 8:01 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Thanks, that's really very nice of you.
Imagestormyla
Jul 12, 2011 3:24 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sheryl, Sorry to be so long in getting back to you! According to PlantFiles the following nurseries sell black walnut trees.

Cold Stream Farm

Plant and Gnome

Shooting Star Nursery

Forest Farm

Stark Bros

Whitman Farms

Also, interestingly the University of Idaho has a seedling sales program

http://www.seedlings.uidaho.com

Imagesheryl
Jul 12, 2011 5:56 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Great info, thanks so much! I will tell you what I come up with.
Imagewcgypsy
Jul 12, 2011 6:15 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Retirement? That's a different angle...good idea. I remember reading many years ago that when a child was born, they'd plant Black Walnuts since the trees would be mature for harvest to pay for college.
Imagestormyla
Jul 12, 2011 8:25 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sherry, Thanks for joining this usually one sided conversation! Big Grin That would have to be a really fast growing set of Walnuts. Black Walnut really needs close to 30 years to reach their peak value size. Hilarious! OK, maybe it could be used to pay off Med & grad school loans!!

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