Calling all "judges" for the annual DG County Fair! Vote for your favorites here!

macadamia nut trees

mulege, Mexico

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.

Keaau, HI(Zone 11)

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

Carol

mulege, Mexico

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

Sydney, Australia

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 :)

Thumbnail by chrissy100
Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Lovely way to put down roots!

mulege, Mexico

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

Redondo Beach, CA(Zone 11)

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

mulege, Mexico

Thank you, Don. Same to you.

katiebear

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

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?

Sydney, Australia

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

mulege, Mexico

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.

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

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!

Thumbnail by Islandshari
mulege, Mexico

That's how we cracked black walnuts in Michigan.

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

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...

Thumbnail by Islandshari
KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

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

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

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.

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

OMG!!! A diet on which you can eat nuts???? Gonna check this out!!!!Wooopee!

South Venice, FL(Zone 9b)

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

Have to rely on Mauna Loa to get my fix!
Cathy

mulege, Mexico

I found the macadamia nut site if anyone is interested. It is 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

Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

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

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

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

Yokwe,
Shari

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

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

mulege, Mexico

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

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

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/

mulege, Mexico

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

kb

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

Im think you go to my info and then to profile..

Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Happy Birthday, Katie!

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

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

mulege, Mexico

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

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

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.

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

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!!

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

I'm always up to a challenge.

Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Hey Christi, I bought myself a cement mixer last year - wanna play?

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

That would be fuuun. 6am gotta run. be at my desk at 7

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

What desk? What's the haps girlfriend???

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

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.

Kwajalein, Marshall Islands(Zone 11)

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!

Davao, Philippines

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?

mulege, Mexico

Try www.hawaiiseeds.com

katie

mulege, Mexico

OOps. It's seedshawaii.com. Sorry.

katie

Post a Reply to this Thread

Please or sign up to post.
BACK TO TOP