Friday, November 18, 2011

Macadamia nut tree

 Can I plant a macadamia nut and get a good producing tree? 
Probably not.  When buying fruit trees, including a macadamia tree, I would recommend buying a grafted, budded or air layered tree – not a seedling.  There are a few exceptions:  papayas, coffee and mangosteen are usually grown from seed.  Most citrus seedlings (perhaps 80%) will run true. But with citrus it is still a good idea to buy a tree budded onto a rootstock which is resistant to root decaying fungi.   The macadamia seedlings will grow into a nice looking tree, but most of the time the nuts will have lower oil content, and production will be poor.