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Badgersett Hazelnut Plants (local pickup only)

Minneapolis, Philadelphia, & South Jersey pick-up only. NO SHIPPING.

Please do not order with seeds. Order seeds and hazelnut plants in separate orders. Thanks!



The hazelnut plants that we sell are seedlings of mother plants personally selected by Philip Rutter of Badgersett Research Corporation, from a large expansion planting (7.5 acres, originally stocked at 1,200 – 2,200 plants per acre) of seedlings from some of Badgersett’s most advanced breeding lines, planted in 2003 on a farm in northwestern Illinois. 

These plants are highly adapted to the pests, diseases, and climate of the Midwest and Upper Midwest, USDA zones 4-6, and are also appropriate for the Northeast. They come from parent plants from identified breeding lines, with good to excellent total crop loads and kernels that are large enough for already-existing mechanical cracking and sorting equipment.

Because each plant is a genetically unique seedling, individual performance will vary. The cream of the crop will be excellent, and according to Badgersett, 50-60% of plants should resemble their female parent strongly enough to produce useful crop yields. Others will be a varying mixture of mediocre, strange, and total junk! The current recommendation is to plant bushes 3-4 feet apart within the row, then thin them to 6-9 feet apart once they've been bearing nuts for a few years and you've started to identify the higher-performers at your particular site.

We recommend these plants for people who either: a) already have an established hazel planting that they would like to expand; b) are considering commercial growing and are looking to start a trial planting; or c) interested in growing hazelnuts as a hobby or breeding project, for aesthetics/edible landscaping, or for personal consumption.  If you would like to order more than 200 plants, please get in touch directly so that we can better understand your goals. Don’t bet the farm, yet!


Click here for a detailed explanation of the selection criteria used to generate these plants. 


We currently offer plants grown in Proptek 28 air-prune propagation containers. The root ball is 3" wide and 8" deep, for a total volume of 1/3 gallon. See the Proptek website for more details.


We offer 2 different categories of plants based on the bush size and shape of the MOTHER PLANT - either short or tall. Each order will contain seedlings from at least two mother plants, at least one with medium-sized kernels and at least one with large-sized kernels. The characteristics of the mother plant are a good indication, BUT NOT A GUARANTEE, of the characteristics of all of its seedlings.

In other words, seedlings from a bush with large nuts are more likely to have large nuts, but some will have medium nuts, and vice versa. A few will likely have tiny nuts! That's the luck of the draw. Also, our definitions of "medium" and "large" nuts are calibrated to the standards of the Upper Midwest; a few seedlings may have nuts as big as the jumbo nuts from Oregon that you can buy in the grocery store, but not many. This is the case for any available plants that reliably survive in the Upper Midwest and have respectable yields. The mother plants whose seedlings we sell have kernels large enough for already existing mechanical cracking and processing equipment. Medium kernels weigh approximately 0.45-0.55 grams, and large kernels are usually 0.55-0.8 grams. The mother plants with the largest nuts are from tall breeding lines, but again, total kernel yield is the most important factor.

Bush height and shape are more predictable. Most seedlings from "short" breeding lines will grow up to be short, and most seedlings from "tall" breeding lines will grow up to be tall. 

Your options are:

1. Short bush – mature height of the bush 6-9’. Often the most productive, in terms of total kernel/acre. Many will strongly resemble the growth form of the American hazelnut, Corylus americana. Includes a mixture of short and large-nut parent plants. In-shell nuts and kernels large enough for commercial cracking and processing, but some will be a bit small for hand cracking (for most people).  

2. Tall bush – mature height greater than 10’, with some reaching 18’ if you let them keep growing and growing. Tend to have smaller crowns and thicker, straighter stems than short bushes. In-shell nuts and kernels large enough for commercial cracking and processing, but some will be a bit small for hand cracking (for most people). 


Upper Midwest customers can pick up their plants at Hauser's Nursery in Bayfield, WI or at Agrarian Seed and Garden, 5152 Hiawatha Avenue, in Minneapolis. Mid-Atlantic customers can pick theirs up on October 2nd in Philadelphia or October 3rd in Elmer, New Jersey (see product pages for details). Field plant as soon as possible after pick-up, no later than the end of September in the Upper Midwest, and no later than mid-October in the Mid-Atlantic. 


Propagating Badgersett's hazelnut genetics is a joint project between EFN co-founder Dusty Hinz and Mark Hamann. We've both lived and worked at Badgersett and continue to work with the Illinois planting, which is how this particular venture came about. Badgersett founder, CEO, and Chief Scientist Philip Rutter provides expert advice based on decades of experience and specialized knowledge and personally selects the breeding lines we are growing and selling.

2021 is our first year growing seedlings for sale to the general public. While we have multiple years of experience propagating woody plants, there will inevitably be some issues to work through as we scale up our growing systems and order fulfillment. We promise to deliver vigorous plants with excellent, healthy root systems and that are fully adapted for field planting. Full, immediate refund if we are unable to fulfill your order because of plant quantity or quality issues. Please get in touch if you have any questions.


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