Joined: Nov 07, 2011
Location: Hamilton, MT
I am very interested to develop research on planting some nut tree guilds next year. I wonder if anyone has experience with nut trees in / around Missoula (I am located south in Hamilton). I wish to pursue proper zone tolerable plantings as well as use some micro-climate techniques to work in some zone 5/6 varieties. Any species info experience is appreciated.
Joined: Nov 13, 2010
Location: Missoula, MT
Around Missoula, I've seen various kinds of chestnuts and acorns. There are debates about the edibility of black locust and honey locust, and those both grow in Missoula. And then there are the various pine nuts. Gingko biloba grows around here as well, and folks eat those nuts, but you need both a male and female tree for pollination. Hazelnuts are supposed to be able to grow in zone 4, but I haven't seen any around.
Joined: Sep 25, 2012
Location: Western Montana
I assume there used to be more hardwoods and native nut bearing trees before the forest service started implementing their softwood agenda years ago. I am planning on planting a whole lotta nut trees this spring. I think most people just haven't tried or even thought of it. I plan to plant:
-pinon pine and stone pine
-English and Black Walnuts
The big thing here is that you want to do your research and make sure you are willing to accept that somethings wont work. But if Sepp Holzer can grow citrus where he does, I imagine there is a huge opportunity for people to grow and sell lots of nuts locally. Granted that your can create suitable growing conditions for these nut trees.
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