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katiebear
mulege
Mexico

December 9, 2007
4:38 PM

Post #4277357

About a month ago I planted a large batch of macadamia nuts which I had bought for seed from a man in Hawaii. I planted them in a trash to trreasure planter made from a washing machine tub. I even remembered to water them! Now I have several dozen small trees, with many more to come. The timing is accidental but they are perfect for Christmas gifts.

The first one when to the couplel who own the local laundromat (the best in Baja). They don't have room for it but will happily give it to their daughter.

The second will go to the couple who own the hardware store I frequent. They live in apartment with no garden but her mother will be delighted with it, I was told.

Lots more will be spread around,often to people I don't know. (I love it when I see a person I don't know wearing a tee shirt which I had given to someone else.)

The trees gift to me is that I become more a part of each of these extended families and the community. Literally putting down roots.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

December 9, 2007
6:19 PM

Post #4277608

What a beautiful gift!!! I, too, love giving and seeing whatever it is being used/enjoyed.!!! Macnuts have the MOST beautifully fragrant flowers!!!

Carol
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

December 9, 2007
6:58 PM

Post #4277698

Thank you , Carol. I didn't know that. It is something more I can tell the recipients. And look forward to in my own.

katiebear

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

December 9, 2007
7:57 PM

Post #4277884

Here is a picture for you k ...they do grow into quite large trees ...I love giving gifts from the garden too,love receiving them as well :)

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Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

December 10, 2007
4:50 AM

Post #4279569

Lovely way to put down roots!
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

December 10, 2007
4:58 AM

Post #4279581

Thank you, Jenny. Yes, it is. Wish I could send you a few to replace those you lost. You can probably find them there and the fresh nuts germinate well.

kb
LApalms
Redondo Beach, CA
(Zone 11)

December 30, 2007
1:22 AM

Post #4339231

The macadamia's are really cool. Grow REALLY well in California. They have that purple tendrils hanging down that grow into nuts.
You probably know when they mature they are so darn hard to crack. Like a little rock.
Have fun with them and the rewards are great nuts and great amounts of GOOD (nut) fats), that are healthy. Which is what I wish you, a Healthy and prosperous New Year!!!
-LOVE and Peace Don
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

December 30, 2007
4:34 AM

Post #4339893

Thank you, Don. Same to you.

katiebear
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

December 30, 2007
6:18 AM

Post #4340117

Katiebear, I have several macnuts that we picked up off the ground in Hawaii...what did you do to plant them? They are so hard, did you soak them or score them or anything?

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

December 30, 2007
7:09 AM

Post #4340174

You just shove them into the ground ...in Australia we have a special little macadamia nut cracker (invented here) and the whole family gathers around to watch and laugh and roast while everyone takes turns on the little nut cracker thingy.Nothing better than roasted macadamia nuts ... just add a little salt!
chrissy
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

December 30, 2007
4:14 PM

Post #4340668

Shari - Do not soak or score. As Chrissy said, just shove them in the ground. I think a warm temp helps and I watered them every few days. Enough to keep them damp, but not soaking.

Someone gave me a link to a lot of information them and this is the recommended procedure. Let me know if you want the link.

katiebear

P.S. I think it also helps to plant a LOT of them!! I now have about 10 potted up. Have given a bunch away and have a few dozen more waiting for me to find time to pot them.

I also found some bright blue bucket lids (at the dump) that don't fit any of my buckets so I will cut a hole in the center and put one over each little tree. It will keep me from losing the tree in my jungle; it will hold down weeds and it will hold in water.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

December 30, 2007
10:31 PM

Post #4341733

Thanks for the info! Macnuts are one of my favorite things, and out here as you can imagine, I get lots. While we were in Hawaii we went to a couple of small macnut farms - saw some waaaay cooool old husking, drying and cracking machines. Then we went to Mauna Loa, and I was touristing it up. Had lots of fun! Did you know it takes 300lbs per square inch of pressure to crack em??? They used to do it by covering the nuts with boards and running a truck over them!

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katiebear
mulege
Mexico

December 30, 2007
10:42 PM

Post #4341762

That's how we cracked black walnuts in Michigan.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

December 30, 2007
10:52 PM

Post #4341802

Really? I never found black walnuts to be quite that hard...Michigan's must be tougher than California's. Ha Ha.

This was taken at a very small, Mom and Pop Macnut farm. The various stages in drying...

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2007
12:23 AM

Post #4342036

We have black walnuts here and depending on the year sometimes they are so hard only a squirrel can crack them. Then they sit there and spit the seeds at you or our cats and laugh their heads off while doing it. lol
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 31, 2007
2:19 AM

Post #4342413

Macadamia is the best nut ever. Ate tons of them when on the Atkins diet. It worked. Lovely to see our Shari at Mauna Loa.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

December 31, 2007
2:38 AM

Post #4342481

OMG!!! A diet on which you can eat nuts???? Gonna check this out!!!!Wooopee!
svplantingfool
South Venice, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 31, 2007
2:45 AM

Post #4342505

The squirrels here eat nearly all our macadamias too :-(

Have to rely on Mauna Loa to get my fix!
Cathy
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

January 13, 2008
6:32 PM

Post #4396266

I found the macadamia nut site if anyone is interested. It is http://www.coopersnuthouse.com.maclb/

A world of information about macadamia nuts, including lots of information about germinating them.

The information on germinating seems to come down to what was said here: stick them in the ground. Don't file or anything else. I love it when less is better.

katie
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2008
10:15 PM

Post #4397160

Katie, Just about to post and ask you where you were! Nice to "see" you, hope all is going well in your neck of the woods.
Aloha
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

January 13, 2008
10:25 PM

Post #4397194

Katie - thanks for the info. I love "less is more"...my style! Take things easy down there, my friend!

Yokwe,
Shari
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2008
11:02 PM

Post #4397348

I often wonder when there are instructions for all kinds of seed prep, just how does all that happen in nature? hhhhhmmmmm
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

January 13, 2008
11:38 PM

Post #4397474

Hi - I've been celebrating my birthday by playing outside in t-shirt and shorts. Still a Januarytreat for someone from Upper Michigan.

I've been reading here. Just haven't posted.

katiebear
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2008
11:47 PM

Post #4397526

did I miss your BD on today's post? Well, whichever, girlfriend. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Biirrrtthhh...day, Dear Katie. Happy Birthday to you/
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

January 13, 2008
11:51 PM

Post #4397553

Thank you. I don't know how to post it. Darn new-fangled computer.

kb
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 13, 2008
11:53 PM

Post #4397565

Im think you go to my info and then to profile..
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

January 14, 2008
12:49 AM

Post #4397836

Happy Birthday, Katie!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

January 14, 2008
5:46 AM

Post #4399436

Oh Katie - I wish we'd known. Hope your birthday was wonderful, and filled with lots of fun!
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

January 14, 2008
6:21 AM

Post #4399469

Thank you, Shari. It was very nice.. Beautiful weather and I played in the mud. Buried my first batch of bokashi compost in the ground. Only a gardener can be so happy playing with pickled fish parts.

Got myself a cement mixer for my Christmas/birthday present and hope to do my first batch within a day or two - life keeps getting in the way of my plans!!

katiebear
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 14, 2008
1:36 PM

Post #4399882

oh hahahaha. Probably few people male or female with a cement mixer on their want list. You go, girl. When I was much younger I did a lot of things that were a little more difficult than what most people would tackle. If I wanted it done, I did it.
Paying for some of that now. You take care of yourself.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

January 14, 2008
11:24 PM

Post #4402360

What you got planned with the cement mixer? LouC...I can just see you out doing things that people said couldn't be done! Ha Ha!!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 14, 2008
11:25 PM

Post #4402370

I'm always up to a challenge.
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

January 15, 2008
5:21 AM

Post #4404133

Hey Christi, I bought myself a cement mixer last year - wanna play?
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 15, 2008
12:09 PM

Post #4404462

That would be fuuun. 6am gotta run. be at my desk at 7
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

January 15, 2008
9:11 PM

Post #4406445

What desk? What's the haps girlfriend???
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 15, 2008
11:43 PM

Post #4407059

For the next 8-9 days I work at the registration desk at World Trade Center. First part is gift market, then apparel market. Just one big flea market. Been there, done that.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

January 16, 2008
12:05 AM

Post #4407136

Oh! I asked this on the other forum as well, so don't worry about answering twice. I think that sounds like a lot of fun!
Skywoolf
Davao
Philippines

March 15, 2010
12:01 AM

Post #7630056

I have been trying for a long time to get macadamia nut seeds without any success. Does anyone know where I can order on-line for delivery to the Philippines by Courier?
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

March 15, 2010
9:17 AM

Post #7630699

Try http://www.hawaiiseeds.com

katie
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

March 15, 2010
11:07 AM

Post #7630968

OOps. It's seedshawaii.com. Sorry.

katie
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2010
4:32 PM

Post #7634234

I bought some Macnuts from a Hawaiian on the side of the road. We had stopped at a scenic overlook on the BI and this guy started talking to us and next thing I was buying nuts and cheap pearls just to be polite. They turned out to be the best Mac Nuts we had ever eaten. There was a name and phone number on the bag and I called as son as I got home to order some more but the phone had been disconnected. Bummer
mpabbott1
(Mary) Poway, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 20, 2010
10:20 AM

Post #7643202

I bought some dark chocolate macadamia nuts just outside of Kona from a coffeeand nut co-op there. I'm still longing for more a month later.

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