English Walnut Tree Growing Tips

The English walnut tree, also called the Persian walnut or common walnut, is prized for its hardwood and delicious, nutritious nut. Follow these tips to plant an English walnut tree in your yard. These nuts will be easy to harvest and shell, providing you with delicious nutrition right outside your house.

When to Plant an English Walnut Tree

The best time to plant an English walnut trees in the springtime after the last frost. For a walnut tree to survive, it needs to planted in a climate that has at least 190 days of frost-free weather, so don't wait around too long after the last frost in the spring to plant. If growing from seed, the seed will need to be stratified (kept in cold temperatures) for at least 3 months prior to planting. Store the seeds in a refrigerator under 40 degrees and keep in a ziploc bag.

Where to Plant an English Walnut Tree

Plant in an area where the walnut tree can receive full sun for about 8 hours a day, making sure the tree has plenty of room to grow. English walnut trees should be planted in well-draining soil with pH level of 6.0 to 7.5.

How to Plant an English Walnut Tree

Dig a hole twice as large as the root ball, a little wider than it is deep. For best results, work several gallons of peat moss and other compost materials into the back fill. Place the seedling in the ground, spreading out its roots. Place enough backfill with compost into the soil to hold the seedling steady. Water deeply, then fill with the rest of the soil. Be sure not to plant higher than the original soil level on the seedling. If in doubt, it is better to plant too shallow than too deep.

For the first 2 years of growth, make sure your tree is receiving at least 1 inch of water a week. Apply mulch around the tree in the autumn, keeping the mulch several inches from the tree trunk. English walnut trees respond well to organic fertilizers. Applying a mulch of manure every autumn may be enough, although other organic fertilizers like bone meal are also beneficial.

Why to Plant an English Walnut

Plant an English walnut for its beauty and shade. An English walnut is a large tree, reaching maturity at 60 feet after 20 years of growth. If growing more than one walnut tree, make sure you give each tree plenty of room to grow tall and wide, spacing them about 60 feet apart. The English walnut tree will begin producing nuts around 5 to 10 years after planting.