By Patrick White
Growing attractive Christmas timber is a smart method to generate low season farm source of revenue and make greater use of your land. From determining a website and planting the precise species to advertising and marketing and promoting timber, this Storey fundamentals® advisor exhibits you the way to construct and hold your individual small tree nursery. together with convenient counsel for making hand made kissing balls and vacation wreaths, Growing Christmas Trees covers every thing you must be aware of to effectively domesticate beautiful evergreens that might supply source of revenue and produce vacation cheer.
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Nurseries tout some species and varieties as “tolerating” wetter conditions, but the reality is that every tree does best on well-drained soils. If the soil remains wet for extended periods, the trees planted there are likely to fare poorly or, more likely, to die as their roots “drown” without access to oxygen. Tree-killing root rot diseases, such as phytophthora (water molds), also can spread in wet soils. If you have ground that is wet for long stretches of the year, consider the cost of installing drainage before planting, or else look for other land.
Selecting the Best Site If you are planning to buy land specifically to grow Christmas trees, you have the advantage of searching for the perfect location. Look for land that is accessible by a good road, with fertile soil suited for the species of trees you want to grow, in an area blessed with an ideal climate. You may also be able to find property near the market you want to supply. In locations far from population centers, the price per tree may be only one-half to one-third of what it might be near affluent suburbs, where there are fewer trees growing locally and the cost of living is generally higher.
Nursery Stock 101 Christmas tree nurseries raise their planting stock by sowing specially selected seed in carefully prepared beds. After two or three years, when the seedlings are well established, they are dug and either sold as seedlings or transplanted to new beds where they grow for an additional one or two years before being sold as transplants. As you read a nursery catalog or price list you will notice that planting stock is listed as (2-0), (3-0), (2-2), and so on. The first number refers to the number of years in the seedbed and the second to the years spent in a transplant bed.