Tree size does matter but not in the way you would ever think!
Tree size or growing wood is not our priority and you will be surprised why!
We are using techniques that hopefully help our trees break their juvenility or become able to produce fruit and nuts at an earlier age. Two of the techniques we use are to withhold nitrogen to very small amounts and air-prunes the roots. This holds back the plant’s growth of wood and helps the tree divert it’s energy to bud and root development. Air pruned roots develop more lateral roots which become the plant’s permanent plumbing system. This more efficient root system is able to uptake more water and nutrients. A typical 1-foot tree that has been held back is normally about 3 feet if grown with lots of nitrogen and without pruning the roots. In a way, it looks like we are shooting ourselves in the foot with this technique but if you understand our system it is actually best if your working with plants that can produce food sooner and not place the value on (Wood) or how big the tree is, but rather in what it does. We have also discovered that the trees having been held back in there seedling phase (Tough Love) actually seem to store energy in the form of carbohydrates in their root system. This stored energy shows up after planting it in organic soil (Your Property) where they start making up for lost time. We have planted 3′-4′ bare root trees next to our nitrogen deprived, air root pruned 1foot seedlings and discovered that in most cases the seedling catches the 3′-4′ plant by the end of the summer and passes it the second year. These plants, intentionally grown smaller are actually very high-performance plants.