|We supply healthy, well
grown and well rooted young trees..
Hazelnut trees are propagated by vegetative reproduction so that each
plant has the same genetics as its parent or ‘mother’
and will therefore produce the same quality and shape of nut.
We propagate using a modified form of mound layering where the plant
is cut back to ground level while dormant during winter. In spring
the root mass or ‘stool’ sends up suckers. By December
these are growing vigorously. We cover the base with clean sawdust
and by July each sucker has its own root system.
Each rooted sucker or ‘whip’ is cut
carefully below the young roots and removed from the stool bed.
Whips are colour-coded to denote the variety, inspected for deformity,
adequate length and girth at the base, and quality of immature root
system. The roots are washed free of soil and the whips are dipped
as a disease precaution.
Whips are bundled by variety and bagged and batched into orders
with their roots in moist clean sawdust. They can stay bagged for
several weeks in moist sawdust, but should have been planted well
before bud burst in spring.