« My Lord, it takes so long to grow a tree »
From the day the plant strikes root till the day it leaves our nursery to the connoisseur’s joy, many seasons have passed with the freaks of nature, exhaustion, and long patience this project involves.
For instance it takes at least 5
years of work to get a two tier espalier tree : This
period is made up of essential stages : cuttings,
preparation of the young plants, planting, hoeing,
grafting, branch selection, lathing; branch training
When it comes to branch training
counting is easy : one year to obtain the rootstock,
two years for a successful graft and one year per
tier. This makes at least 4 years for the famous
VERRIER palm tree composed of 2 U’s inserted into each
But the sight of the straight lined nursery with its luxurious trees and beautifully trained branches – a promise of savoury crops to come – dispel all the great sacrifices made by the project initiators.