|Hazelnut bush showing long, caterpillar-like catkins (boy parts) and red, feathery pistils (the girl parts) on the tips of the buds. I guess you could say these are the original sex pistils.|
It is an act of hope and faith to replant; faith that the future might be better.
Last spring I planted a row of hazelnuts near the southwest corner of my property. Then, starting May 15, it stopped raining. We experienced almost no precipitation again until August 15 when normal rainfall resumed.
The wheat farmers were ecstatic. They experienced yields of 150, even 170 bushels an acre due to the fact that the ground was saturated prior to May 15 and then we had months of warm, relentless sunshine and no storm winds.
For those of us who had planted nursery stock...life was not so excellent. Only one of the sevenish hazelnuts appeared to survive.
I keep a very small nursery going on my property. Michigan has laws against the moving of unregistered nursery stock. I was informed that the fines are up to $500 per "stem". So it pays to buy itty-bitty plants by the hundred and size them up on the parcel where you intend to plant them.
Badgersett Hybrid Hazelnuts.
|This is what a bucket of hazelnut seedlings looks like. It is impossible to predict the quality of the nuts they will produce because they are seedlings.|
|A hole for planting.|
|That busted off stick in the center of the frame is one of the old, dead hazelnut bushes.|
I could blather on about the possibility of pathogens building up in the old hole or a bunch of other tripe. But those are not the real reasons.
|This is a close-up of the base of the busted off stick shown in the prior photo.|
The base of the busted off stick has a bud pushing. And since the old plant is a named cultivar, it is much more likely to bear good nuts than the seedling.
|The hazelnuts are marked with surveyor's tape.|