For stratification, I am thinking of a 55 gallon drum with tight lid, 1/2" holes on the bottom, with 1/4" metal mesh for mouse proofing. Put some compost medium in there. Put the nuts in plastic bags, and leave the bags open. Cover with more compost. Point is to retain moisture, track nuts by ID# with baggie, and buffer from freezing. If kept outside, put heavy straw around so it doesn't go below zero C in the drum.
Not too bad, but it will need more air than it can get through the bottom. Yes, it's a problem, but needs addressing. Bags - don't leave them open, make about 25 DIAGONAL slashes in each baggie by perforating with a paring knife; so about 1 to 1.5" long. We stab about 6 at a time, into a stryofoam board, for complete penetration.
- Ziploc bags
- Peat moss
- Permanent Marker
- Book: "Growing Hybrid Hazelnuts" By Philip Rutter (Chelsea Green)
- Hazelnut growing notes for starting seed -