Do you love your walnut tree as a shade and fruit supplier and just can't get enough of it? Then simply increase it. This works best with seedlings and the nuts themselves.Propagation by seedlings is the fastest. Walnut trees serve as optimal shade. Over the years, they can reach a treetop diameter of up to 12 meters. Underneath you can set up a cozy seating area where you are even immune to mosquitoes. Because the tree releases essential oils that the mosquitoes do not like and therefore stay away.
Of course, the walnut tree also delivers delicious fruits that, if properly stored, can be kept for several months. So putting one or even more walnut trees in the garden has clear advantages.
If you want to grow another tree in your garden yourself or just want to give one away, you can easily multiply your own. There are two different ways to do this. The first option is limited to the fruits, more precisely, the walnuts themselves. However, this type of propagation takes time, which is probably why you prefer the second option: propagation by seedlings.
Multiply walnut tree - 2 methods presented
Propagation via fruits
The basis for multiplying the walnut tree over the fruit is a walnut. The fruit must be freed from its green skin. A relatively fresh nut is more valuable than older walnuts. However, you should know that after the germination and growth of the tree so grown does not necessarily produce the result that you know from the original tree. The offspring often differ in their nuts because there is no refinement. This variant also takes some time.
To start the propagation directly via the nuts, proceed as described below:
- Prepare a flowerpot with a mixture of sand and peat.
- Remove the green peel from a fallen fruit and put the nut in the pot.
Place the pot in a bright, sheltered location where frost is not expected. The pot should stay here until spring, keeping the soil moist.
- In spring, if the nut sprouts, the first shoots appear.
- Wait until the shoots are about 15 centimeters tall and divide the individual plants by placing each in its own pot. In order to give the young trees a good start to growth, we recommend high-quality growing soil with sufficient nutrients.
- The individual pots are allowed into the garden over the summer months. The location should be sunny, taking care that the earth never dries out.
- Towards winter you have to put the young trees in a frost-proof place, as the plants are not yet hardy.
Propagation by cuttings
Propagation by cuttings is much faster and easier. You have the cuttings directly at hand if you already have a walnut tree. You only need to cut fresh shoots with a length of at least 15 centimeters from the tree. In this case, it is irrelevant whether the shoots are still green or are already slightly woody.
It is best to prepare a sufficiently large bucket of growing soil. Put the cutting in here and water the soil vigorously. If possible, put several cuttings in a bucket, since not every shoot necessarily forms roots.
You can easily tell whether the propagation is working: if new leaves form, the cutting has started.
If you have put several shoots in one bucket, you should divide the plants you have planted into different buckets. Remember that the cuttings are hardy after about two years. Exposure to the garden is therefore not recommended.