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