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Message started by Kev on Dec 4th, 2017 at 12:57pm

Title: Almond trees
Post by Kev on Dec 4th, 2017 at 12:57pm
Hi there,I have a smallish Almond finca that I'm trying to build up,I was over in October and took a load of nuts from my trees back to the UK to have a go at growing some..well it's worked out well as I've got quite a few growing but the problem is I've been told not to plant them directly into the ground as they will be bitter and possibly poison...even if they came from sweet almond trees...is this correct?? I can't find any info about this!!
Cheers Kev

Title: Re: Almond trees
Post by Betty_Swollox on Dec 4th, 2017 at 10:55pm
Hi Kev
The trees grown from seed will revert to their original form, i.e. the wild and bitter sort. These are fine if you want to use them for baking etc. but are really high-powered in terms of taste.
They also contain a slightly higher proportion of the cyanogen found in all almonds, other nuts, apple pips, cherry stones, nispero stones etc. but you can't really eat enough to kill you because of their strong flavour.
Best advice is go buy some standard stock from a garden centre.
Hope that helps,
Simon

Title: Re: Almond trees
Post by Kev on Dec 5th, 2017 at 12:15pm
Thanks for the reply,and yeah I'll sort something out..seems a shame that I've got quite a few coming through now though.
Thanks again..Kev

Title: Re: Almond trees
Post by StoneMasonMike on Dec 5th, 2017 at 4:49pm
You can use the ones you have grown for grafting on a soft wood cuutting from a tree you know that has good fruit.
Some trees from seed will be ok,wait three years then you will know

Title: Re: Almond trees
Post by Kev on Dec 6th, 2017 at 11:22am
Thanks Mike,I read somewhere that some countries have made the bitter trees illegal but if that's the case how do they go on growing new if they are all bitter from seed??

Title: Re: Almond trees
Post by StoneMasonMike on Dec 6th, 2017 at 2:28pm
All trees now are normally a one year old root stock( can be wild or disease resistant)with different varieties grafted on when you buy them

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