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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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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