Cob Nut Sowing

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Cob Nut Sowing

Post: #263231 Sophie_Chillie
Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:43 pm

Hello, I was just wondering, do you think it's possible to germinate cob seedlings from shop bought cob nuts? Or do I really need to buy seedlings?

Is it possible to get seed cobs like you would potatoes if the shop bought ones aren't viable?

I'm just asking because I'd like to create an edible hedge using cob saplings but I require about 30 of them and one look in the garden centre and on-line tells me that its going to be quite expensive so I'm just looking into alternatives at the moment.

Advice gratefully received. Thank you. :icon_smile:

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Re: Cob Nut Sowing

Post: #263238 Davie Crockett
Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:52 pm

The answer is that you can't expect them to come true to type from seed. By far the best way to obtain large numbers of one variety is the layering method. The downside is that it takes a couple of years to get enough to do anything with.

You can obtain seedlings here: http://www.agroforestry.co.uk/plantorders.html And in bulk here:http://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/Common-Hazel-Hedging-Plants-Corylus-avellana

Fora hedge you need to think about planting 3 to 4 feet apart and staking between and then ethering the tops together. (You don't say if it needs to be stock proof). after about 5 years it can be "laid", all the main branches and stems are best part cut through and laid over (Usually uphill) then stakes and ethers hold it together. Ethers are long whippy hazel rods which are wound into the top of the hedge as it is laid over.

You don't usually plant seedlings/layers until November when they're dormant. You may also need Rabbit/deer protection.

Another thing that comes to mind is a "Nut walk" where trees are planted about 4ft apart in 2 rows 10ft apart to provide an arched canopy where the nuts can be collected from underneath. It also affords good stick yields for loads of country uses.
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Re: Cob Nut Sowing

Post: #263340 Sophie_Chillie
Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:46 pm

Thank you for that. Its just for my front and back garden so no stock proof required.
I'd love to have the space for a 'Nut Walk'. Sounds fab but alas my gardening space can't stretch to that.

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Re: Cob Nut Sowing

Post: #263341 oldjerry
Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:13 pm

When planting any sort of deciduos hedging,even if you only want a dozen,avoid the garden centre and as advised above,buy from a nursery bareroot in the backend.They really aint expensive.

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Re: Cob Nut Sowing

Post: #263345 wabbit955
Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:29 pm

i got cob nut seedles all over my garden from my tree and have grown and given quite a lot away all have produces nuts
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