Southern Fruit and Nut Trees Interview

With Trey Watson

Discover Fruit and Nut Trees that Grow well in the South

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Do you live in one of the Southern states?

Would you like some valuable information about growing fruit and nut trees that will actually do well...... and produce fruit (or) nuts in abundance?


Keep reading for some expert advice from Trey Watson.  He not only has fruit trees for sale, but he's written a book on the subject. Here's what he had to say when I interviewed him.....

1. Tell us a bit about who you are, and what Legg Creek farm is all

about.

 Thank you Carol!  I am a horticulturalist by training...I have my

Bachelor's degree in Horticulture and my Masters of Science degree

in Environmental Science.  For as long as I can remember, I've been

a 'plant nerd.'  Even as a little child, I was digging up ferns and

trees and trying to grow them.  My parents have some hilarious

videos of me talking about how "pwetty the pwurple leaves are" on

some trees in the fall! :)

 

Legg Creek Farm is a company I started several years ago to provide

quality southern-grown fruit trees to customers in the southern

U.S.  I spent quite a bit of money growing up on fruit trees that

just would not produce fruit and grow well here in Texas.  Even

though they were listed for zone 8, which is where I am, they would

not survive our summers.  I started searching for types of fruit

trees that would actually grow here.  Between myself and some other

growers, we started growing and propagating fruit tree varieties

that would actually grow, produce, and even thrive here.

 We started marketing our trees online in 2009 and the response has

been incredible.  Apparently we weren't the only ones looking for

quality, southern-heat tough fruit trees.  We started growing

native trees in 2010.

2. I’m sure your book 'Southern Bounty' will be very helpful to

those living in the Southern states, wanting to grow fruit and nut

trees of their own. Give us a brief summary of the book...

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I hope it is helpful!  We've had a good response so far on the

book.  What I did in Southern Bounty was go through more than a

dozen native fruit and nut trees, some of which are starting to

disappear from their native range, and describe how to grow,

propagate, harvest, and preserve the fruit/nuts.  I tried to be as

succinct as possible and make a book that anyone who has an

interest in native plants of the Southeast could look at and

understand.  I would love to see more people growing these plants

and enjoying them.  Its amazing how pest-free most of them are.

Our forefathers used the wild bounty around them to survive; today

we can use the same bounty for our enjoyment.

Southern Bounty: How to Grow and Enjoy Southeastern Native Fruits and Nuts

3. Your web site has a page on ‘Planting Trees’ that is extremely

helpful.  I found that planting trees is similar to what I tell

folks  when planting rose bushes, starting with digging a BIG hole

to  give the roots plenty of room. Do you suggest planting trees in

the Spring, or can they be planted at any time of the year?

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Thank you!  We try to keep a bunch of free info on the website for

anyone who wants to look at it, whether they want our fruit trees

or not.  Many of the trees we sale online are bare-root, which means

that it is a dormant tree that dug up and shipped to the customer

with materials around the roots to keep them moist.  For those

trees, winter and early spring are the best time to plant.  We do

have some container plants that we can ship year round, but the

best time to plant those is usually winter or spring.  We sell

quite a bit of blueberries in the spring and they usually do great

when planted then.  We also have container trees for local sales

and we usually have people wanting them until it gets too hot.  But

I do recommend winter or spring planting for best results.

4. What suggestions do you have for Pruning? How important is it to get the most production from the tree?

 

Pruning is important.  We recommend pruning the first year the tree

is planted, though I know most customers don't do that.  There is a

different pruning technique for each type of fruit tree; even some

native fruit and nut trees need a little pruning to keep them from

being bushy.

 Apples and pears, for example, are pruned with a strong central

leader, almost like a Christmas tree.  Peaches, plums, and

apricots, on the other hand, have their central trunk removed a few

feet above the ground but with many lateral branches, for an "open

center" style pruning.

Good fertilization and proper pruning is essential for good fruit

production and minimal pests and disease.

5. Have you ever tried growing roses?

 Yes I have!  I've been a fan of "antique" roses for years.  Last

year we started propagating some antique roses - Marie Daly and

Alfred Colomb, I think - and we've sold some of those locally.  And

we've planted some in our yard ;)

 I also bought my wife a 'Sterling' rose bush for our yard.

 I planted my parents' landscape when they moved into a new house 10

years ago and we made roses the theme.  We planted a bunch of Marie

Daly, and even a rose with green blooms that was given to me in

college by a professor.

 That is about the extent of my experience with roses....but I do

love them!

 Thanks for taking the time to let me share with your readers!

 Trey Watson

Thank you Trey for taking your valuable time to do this interview.

I'm sure it will be very helpful to those wanting to grow Southern fruit and nut trees. (maybe we can get you to grow), (and sell) more roses.....


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