Warm Climate Nuts BHT308

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Learn to grow nuts in tropical and sub-tropical areas. The content of this course is very similar to the Growing Nuts course, except this deals exclusively with nuts grown in the tropics and sub-tropics.

The content of this course is very similar to the Growing Nuts course, except this deals exclusively with nuts grown in the tropics and sub-tropics.

  1. Introduction
    Review of the system of plant identification, main groups of nuts, information contacts (i.e. nurseries, seed, clubs etc.)
  2. Culture
    Planting, staking, mulching, watering, pest & disease, feeding, pruning, protection from wind, salt air etc.
  3. Propagation
    Methods of propagating this group of plants. Propagation of selected varieties.

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Learn to grow nuts in tropical and sub-tropical areas. The content of this course is very similar to the Growing Nuts course, except this deals exclusively with nuts grown in the tropics and sub-tropics.

The content of this course is very similar to the Growing Nuts course, except this deals exclusively with nuts grown in the tropics and sub-tropics.

  1. Introduction
    Review of the system of plant identification, main groups of nuts, information contacts (i.e. nurseries, seed, clubs etc.)
  2. Culture
    Planting, staking, mulching, watering, pest & disease, feeding, pruning, protection from wind, salt air etc.
  3. Propagation
    Methods of propagating this group of plants. Propagation of selected varieties.
  4. The Macadamia
  5. The Pecan
  6. Other Varieties which Grow in Warm Climates.
  7. Selecting a site and planting a plot.
  8. Growing, harvesting and using nuts.
Course Aims
  • This course is for the curious grower who wants to learn more about types of warm climate nuts.In the lessons you will identify different nut crop varieties
  • Learn about the classification of nuts
    Learn to access sources of organisations specific to nut production
    Learn about the cultural requirements of tropical nuts, as most of the varieties we look at are for the tropics or warm climates.
  • Discover the characterisitics of soils. Understand plant nutrition,
    plant health, watering techniques,environmental protection for your crops, and
    pest and disease management
  • Techniques for pruning and maintenance are reviewed.
  • Learn how to successfully propagate nut trees; propagtion from nut seeds and cuttings
    grafting, layering,establishing rootstocks
  • Macadamia nut trees are looked at in detail
  • Peacan nut trees are looked at in detail.
  • Other varieities of nuts such as Pistachio, Cashew
    Almond, Brazil and other varieties you never knew exsisted, are looked at
  • Establishment and horticultural management of tropical nut trees is looked at.
  • Learn about site selection for successful cultivation, planting techniques and
    factors affecting the selection of a site.
  • Then when you have all these factors taken into consideration, the harvesting and storage of nuts is reviewed.

This is an extract from the course notes:

What is a Nut?
Botanists define a nut as follows:
A dry, indehiscent, one seeded fruit, somewhat similar to an achene, but the product of more than one carpel, and usually larger with a hard woody wall
(Reference: A Dictionary of Biology by Abercrombie et al, published by Penguin).

If you do not quite understand this description:

Indehiscent simply means that the fruit does not break open readily and release the seed
(Note: Legumes such as wattles or peas in contrast are dehiscent fruits -they dry, and then drop seeds while the dry fruits are still attached to the plant).

An Achene is a simple, thin walled fruit and contains only one seed. A strawberry in fact is a large number of individual tiny achenes which cover a fleshy receptacle (Note. The fleshy receptacle is what we eat as a strawberry; while the fruits and seeds are tiny gritty bits covering the surface).

Many types of plants have nuts as fruits; some are grown commercially as edible food products, and others are not.

Nuts are produced by the following trees; Quercus (oaks), Pecan, Filbert, Hickory, Macadamia,
Hazelnut and others.

Commercial Growers and Home Gardeners may be less rigid in the way they define a nut. Generally nuts are edible fruits or parts of fruits which are hard, relatively dry (unlike fleshy fruits), and are able to be roasted for eating, or in many cases, may be eaten fresh.

In some cases, the roasting may destroy undesirable chemicals in the nut, or may enhance the flavour.

In the strict botanical sense, a peanut would not be a nut, because there can be more than one seed inside a fruit; however peanuts are perhaps the most widely grown commercial nut in the world.

Nuts above all have a distinct advantage over other fruits in their keeping quality. Being a dry product, they are less susceptible to spoilage, and will generally store well without any sophisticated or expensive storage treatments. This characteristic alone extends their marketing life, and can eliminate many problems associated with other types of crops.
(Note: They may need protection from pests though (eg. rodents and other vermin).

There are many nuts which are grown and eaten in one region, but not commonly heard of in other parts of the world. This is particularly the case in many tropical areas, where nuts which are eaten by local people may offer significant potential for future commercial cropping.

Then after you finish that course, why not try one of our Business courses to learn how to make a good profit from your farm!
Or try Self Sufficiency I and II or Organic Faming!

The content of this course is very similar to the Growing Nuts course, except this deals exclusively with nuts grown in the tropics and sub-tropics. In this course you will learn about the basis of all good Horticulture with soils and plant nutrition. About maintaining the correct cultural techniques for the long term health of your trees and methods for propagating them. There are varieities looked at in this course you would never have known exsisted and there are cultural recommendations for some of the favourites. If you are planning to move to a tropical islandand grow nuts, then look no further! If not, then you will be surprised at how much you will learn.

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