Now taking orders for Nordmann and Noble Fir for Spring/Autumn 2017 planting

Grow With Us For A Better Future, If you have the land you have the opportunity.

Our Transplants

I often get asked what does it actually cost to grow Christmas trees for the cut market, and what is the earning potential so i have put together a free fact sheet which is available when you sign up to our newsletter. When you have signed up simply forward your joining email to us to receive the FREE fact sheet.


We have been given the privilege of being able to secure a contract with Ireland's main producer of Christmas tree transplants, to supply us with only quality transplants at very competitive prices which we purchase on our fellow growers behalf which in turn will save you money and time in trying to source and purchase quality plants.


Don't be fooled by other suppliers/websites claiming that Christmas tree production is easy and a get rich quick scheme, it is not, it can be a full time job at times, it took us approximately 4 years to gain the knowledge that we have on Christmas tree growing as any information i needed i had to find out by trials on my land and by research or by joining groups that you have to pay to join and when you are starting out that is one expense you don't really want, i am still learning now even though i have over 25 years experience in horticulture, but if you purchase transplants from us we will help you with FREE advice as much as we can, we also have a Dropbox folder with resources in it which is free to use. Plus you will also have FREE access to further information in our private section on the website which is just for growers that we supply plants too. Simply use the form below to contact us to enquire about purchasing transplants and growing with us. 

Growing a tree a year-round job

Some families choose to cut their own Christmas tree in December, but for most Irish people the most likely source for their Christmas tree will be their local garden centre. But where do Ireland’s Christmas trees come from? How many years does it take to grow one, 

According to Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Development Authority, Ireland has fewer than 100 commercial Christmas tree growers of various sizes, with many being full-time, dedicated growers. Ireland produces about 300,000 trees for the Irish market, while a similar number are exported to Britain and mainland Europe, especially France and Germany. Europe produces over 30 million trees each year but consumes over 60 million, so the potential exists for Irish growers to expand and garner more of this growing market.

Due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream, Ireland’s mild, temperate climate and relatively high rainfall provides the ideal environment for tree growth. Irish soil types are often quite suited to tree farming too. The main species grown here are the non-shed Nordmann fir and Noble fir species, which have largely replaced the more traditional Norway spruce.

Trees are generally grown on a ten-year rotation plan, and are graded according to quality and shape. Trees are generally sold according to their height

A Christmas tree grower’s income is often concentrated in one calendar month

Tree production
Tree farming is a full-time job, and many growers receive all their annual income in a single month! Tree producers start by fencing off areas to protect trees against deer, hares, rabbits and livestock. The site must then be drained and prepared for planting, which is normally carried out with the aid of tractor-borne planters. The saplings are often referred to as ‘transplants’, as they are normally grown to a height of about 20 cm in a tree nursery before being planted out on the tree farm.
Trees need a lot of care in the initial years. Fertilising, pest control, weed control and replacement of failed saplings must all be managed. Trees must also be pruned after the first three years to ensure a good shape and, therefore, a premium price in the market. Once mature, trees are inspected and marked for felling.

While harvesting for export often begins in November, most producers try to shorten the time between felling and sale to the end customer, so the harvest continues right up until Christmas week. Another huge cost for growers is security—theft of Christmas trees is unfortunately a relatively common occurrence in Ireland, with many growers forced to employ security around the clock in the run up to Christmas.

January sees a return to planning for the year ahead and preparing for planting on newly-harvested ground.

As in any market, there may be shortages or oversupplies depending on the year. These can affect the price, so Christmas tree growing is not without its risks. While costs occur over the entire growing season, income is mainly concentrated in December, which requires excellent cash flow management on the grower’s part.

I started Christmas tree production to hopefully provide for us in the future, by planting a certain amount each year i hope to have an enterprise that will provide a suitable income in retirement, it is also a venture that can be passed on to my children, grandchildren in the hope they will continue to plant the fields each year

We also have a group on FaceBook for Christmas tree growers to join

We can supply Noble Fir and Nordmann Fir transplants height approx 14-19cm in height.

                  plug cell grown transplants

 These are plug cell 2 - 3 year old grown, some advantages of plug cell grown plants are,  

  1.  They can be planted out in the field all year round.    
  2.  Planting out in August means that the soil is still warm from the summer.    
  3.  This encourages some root growth before winter sets in.    
  4.  Due to the extra root growth they should grow away *quicker* come the  spring time, *subject to planting  conditions.

Noble Fir IN STOCK prices available use the contact form, further reductions possible on quantity and payment method, Plant height approx 6" - 10"   

Nordmann Fir IN STOCK prices available use the contact form, further reductions possible on quantity and payment method, Plant height approx 6" - 10" 

Further information on our Plug Cell Grown Plants

If you have the land you have the opportunity

Affordable non needle drop REAL Christmas Trees now dominate the Christmas Tree market in Europe and are the first choice for the vast majority of families at Christmas.

There are fewer than 100 growers in the country and they will be exporting about 300,000 trees, and supply 400,000-450,000 to the Irish market yearly and this number will grow each year.

One acre will grow up to 2700 non needle drop trees.

Quality transplants trees means low costs and high returns.

A typical homegrown 6ft Christmas tree costs between €40 and €60 depending on area sold in

The Transplants

The seed from which the seedlings are grown has been specially developed to produce a dense, lush Premium Quality Tree. The transplants are grown in root trainers which are ideal for autumn to spring planting

Protection From Pests

If trees need protection from:

  • Rabbits. A rabbit-proof fence is the most satisfactory method of achieving this.
  • Deer. In certain areas these may be a problem and in extreme cases deer fencing may be required

Species Of Trees

The most popular tree in the market is Nordmann Fir (Abies Nordmanniana) which is a low needle drop tree which demands 80% of the Christmas Tree market. There is also Noble Fir (Abies Procera) which is also a low needle drop tree.

Pre-planting Treatment

It is vital to control weed growth in Christmas tree plantations, during the early stage of growth, and this task is made much easier if a pre-plant application of Glyphosate (Roundup) or similar herbicide is carried out, preferably in late summer/autumn prior to planting. After year 3, weeds will not compete with the trees and the trees will become dominant. If the ground is to be cultivated prior to planting then it is a good idea to do this in the autumn and make a further application of herbicide in the spring to prevent weed germination prior to planting.

Plants

Plants supplied for Christmas tree production are grown from seed that has been specially selected for the purpose from trees which exhibit the characteristics that are required in Christmas trees.

The planting season runs from early autumn to spring (i.e. the dormant period). Planting should take place as soon as possible after receiving the plants. If it is not possible to plant them within 5 days of receipt then the plants should be heeled-in bunches to prolong lifespan.

How To Plant A Plug cell Grown Transplant

When choosing the perfect trees for your location - Take into consideration the following things:

Type of soil - wet, moist, dry, sandy, sandy-loam, clay.

Sun requirements - does your site provide full sun, partial sun, shade?

Know what you want?  Now it's time to preparing the planting site - Survival rates for plug cell tree transplants are good on all sites including rough sites. However, weed control can help them off to a good start. This can be accomplished by herbicides and/or mowing and of course using weed control. 

Now that you have your location and the transplants you must care of your transplants before planting -Plugcell grown transplants give you flexibility of planting when it's convenient for you. Place the trees where they will get direct sun for part of the day. Avoid continuous hot sun. Water thoroughly as needed, generally every 1-3 days depending on weather conditions. If holding for an extended period of time (more than 3-6 weeks), elevate a few inches on blocks to keep roots from growing into the ground. The night before planting, water the seedlings well. This gives time for excess water to drain out.

Planting your Plugcell Tree Transplants - The transplants root plug should be placed 1/4 to 1/2 inch below the ground surface, and the native soil firmed over the root plug. The soil around the plug should be firmed up, but be careful not to step on the seedling! plugcell seedlings may be planted with all types of planting tools and equipment including mechanical tree planters.

We have further information here on planting

 

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Heights given are approximate and reflect the relative age and strength of plants, all plants subject to availability at time of ordering, Pre-Order to get the plants you require 

When ordering we do ask for a non refundable deposit of 25% to secure your order, which can be paid via paypal, (Depending on amount), or cheque, postal order, bank transfer. 

Payment on collection is cash only unless previously paid for in full by postal order.