I found 2 wild AZ Walnut trees (Juglans Major) growing near me. I want to grow a bunch. What’s the best stuff to use to stratify the nuts? I have issues with molds sometimes and these nuts look like something that the molds would attack with glee.
If it were me, I'd do just like I sprout apple, peach, apricot seeds. I stick them in pots of potting soil mixed with some worm compost on my sheltered patio and keep damp. They will naturally stratify over winter and most will sprout next spring. Tho I did finally get a cherry to sprout, 2 years later. Some tree seeds need more than one winter to break dormancy
I got butternuts (walnut family) from my uncle in the fall. They spent the winter in the fridge in a ziplock baggie. Planted them in potting soil in the spring and 4 of the 5 sprouted. If I were to do it over again, I'd just pot them up in the fall and put them somewhere cold where the squirrels couldn't find them (garage) until spring.
"Hundreds of years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the type of car I drove... But the world may be different because I did something so bafflingly crazy that it becomes a tourist destination"