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When and How to Pick Up Pecans

When and How to Pick Up Pecans
Autumn is a beautiful time of year when the weather begins to cool and being outside in the fresh, crisp air is enjoyable.  It's also the time of year when pecans begin to fall.  Depending on the type of pecans and climate, they can begin to drop in late September through November.  Now is the perfect time to harvest your delicious pecans!  Once pecans start falling, you know they are ready to collect.  You can encourage more to fall by gently shaking the branches of your pecan trees with a long pole.
When they drop from the tree, they should be picked up as soon as possible.  If left on the ground for too long, especially if the ground is damp, they can begin to rot and grow mold.  They are also more likely to draw ants or be picked up by animals, such as squirrels and birds.
Picking up pecans is quick, easy, and fun with a Bag-A-Nut Harvester.  Which machine you use depends on the amount of property and trees you have.  The Stab-A-Nut Pecan Harvester is great if you only have a few trees.  It was designed for those who don't have a lot of ground to cover but still want to quickly pick up their nuts.  The Mini Push Pecan Harvester was also designed for smaller spaces and you can push it to collect your nuts into a removable basket.  The more trees you have, the bigger the machine you'll need.  There are 12", 18", and 36" Push models available for larger areas.  There is also a 36" Pull Behind model which you can pull behind a tractor or lawn mower for maximum efficiency.  
It's a great time of year to harvest lots of pecans for snacking, sharing with friends and family, holiday recipes, or even selling!  Check out all your options at https://baganut.com/collections/harvest-pecans.
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How to Sell Your Pecans

How to Sell Your Pecans
Since we're well into the fall season, your pecan trees have probably been dropping their nuts for a while.  Depending on how much land and how many trees you have, you may be accumulating an abundance of pecans.  If you've been using a Bag-A-Nut unit to collect these nuts, the gathering process will have been sped up and made more efficient than ever!  You might not be aware, but there is a market out there for selling pecans, and you can take advantage of many different avenues to make some extra money.
Depending on where you live, you may be able to find local farmer's markets where you can sell your pecans.  During this season, the weather has cooled off and it's nice to be outside in the fresh air.  You can build a customer base by handing out free samples, passing out business cards, and having people sign up for an email list so they can stay informed when you have an abundant supply.
Another path to consider is to contact your local nut factories or health food stores and find out what their process is for buying pecans.  It might take some time and effort, but you could end up in a successful situation, supplying them with your fresh, local pecans. 
If you'd prefer to sell your pecans online, there are numerous websites that will allow you to do this.  You can create sellers pages on Etsy, Ebay, or even Amazon to sell your pecans all over the world.  You can use Craigslist to sell to people in your area.  If you really want to get creative, you can build your own website and sell your nuts directly from there.  
Whichever route you decide to take, it's a great idea to utilize social media to promote your pecans.  You can designate Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to your pecan business.  This is an easy way to spread awareness so you can reach more customers.  Be sure to include this information on your business cards so people know where to follow you.
Hopefully this information has inspired you to check out some ways to sell your pecans.  If you've got the time and supply, you could end up creating a lucrative and fulfilling business venture!

Should I Plant Potted Pecan Trees Or Bare-Root Pecan Trees?

 

When you start shopping around for pecan trees you will quickly notice that most of them are sold bare-rooted, but you can also get them in pots. Let's take a quick look at some pros and cons of these two options. (If you need help with pecan tree spacing, planting, irrigating, selecting your pecan variety, or pruning, check out these blog posts)

When you go the potted plant route, you have the advantage of planting at your convenience.  A potted pecan tree has soil packed around its roots, and as long as you keep it moist, you aren’t pressed for time. You can leave potted trees on your porch or beside the barn until it's convenient for you to get them in the dirt.

If you go with bare root trees you definitely give up the convenience of planting on your schedule. Nurseries will only distribute bare root trees during the dormant season, which is December through March, and when you get those trees you need to make every effort to get them back in the soil, as soon as possible.  The nurseries will have damp saw dust or shredded paper wrapped around the roots to try and keep them moist, but you are operating on borrowed time and you need to get those trees planted ASAP. If the roots dry out, the tree is probably useless.

It’s important to keep in mind that the convenience of potted trees comes at a cost. I may be wrong, but I don’t believe I have ever seen potted trees that are cheaper than bare root trees. Also, some say that it's risky to plant potted trees because they may not develop a good root system. 

When you look at the two root systems side by side you can definitely see a difference. Watch the video at the top of this post to see for yourself. The bare root trees typically have a nice straight tap root growing and requires very little trimming at planting. Potted trees, on the other hand, are often inbound and requires some work before planting. You often need to fluff out the root ball and trim back the taproot. If the root ball doesn’t get un-bound or tap roots aren’t headed down in the right direction, it may result in an inferior tree that is easily blown over once it matures and begins bearing heavy loads of pecans.

So with all that being said, what is the best way to go? The answer is, whatever works best for you.

Me personally, I like to save money so in my orchard I went with bare root trees. I will say however, i’ve replaced several of the bare-root trees that didn’t survive, with potted trees. I think that all the trees I’ve planted around our Bag-A-Nut shop or in friends' yards have been potted. It’s hard to pass on the convenience of a potted pecan tree.

If you need help selecting your varieties, how to space your pecan trees, or planting your trees be sure and check out our other videos and blogs.