My latest craigslist freebie -- a little pecan seedling that a squirrel planted in someone's flowerpot. She preserved the long taproot -- about 4 inches.
I've temporarily planted it in -- what is this 1 gal nursery pot? (It's equivalent to 1 gal vinegar bottle).
It looks like it lost its growing tip, but hopefully will be OK. She said she will be offering more as she finds them -- huge tree in her front yard -- and she also gave me about a dozen pecans she had frozen last fall. I wonder if they will sprout if planted?
Before, when I was thinking about buying a couple of compatible trees, I was thinking of planting them in a pair. But I might get away with just hoping the local Shagbark Hickory will serve as the pollinator....
I would say I have ONE obvious location for pecan though I might be able to squeeze another one in...I would have to cut down a young 8 ft red oak -- not my fave since it retains its leaves over the winter, looking raggedy, then drops them in spring when nobody wants to be raking leaves.
There is one other location in the front yard that is currently being occupied by a Norway Maple which has always been intended to be cut down -- about 15 ft right now. It's a little bit iffy location because it's near the farthest NE corner, maybe 25 ft in from the property line, which I feel is too close to the edge for edibles and particularly in this case, a big nut-dropping tree might become a nuisance. I had always intended that location to be utilitarian tree -- maybe a windbreak ...possibly (because I can't help thinking in terms of edible landscaping) something like Korean or Siberian pine nut tree....