Our Nursery at Work
Unlike a garden centre or a nursery that buys finished plants in to sell, Majestic Trees is a production nursery. This does not mean that we grow our trees from seed but do purchase our stock from specialist nurseries all over Europe as either cuttings or rootballed stock to grow. All of our trees will have been transplanted between 3 and 7 times in their lifetime to prune their roots prior to us containerising, before they arrive at our containerised tree nursery were we pot them, prune, develop the crowns and grow the tree on to become a Majestic tree ready for sale. The following pictures will give you a little taste of how we grow our trees.
- We put a lot of extra care and passion in how we grow our trees, exemplified here by Maria who is root pruning bare root trees prior to potting.
- On a busy day we will root prune 100’s of fairly large trees and pot them, usually all on the day that they arrive at our nursery.
- After potting, the trees are immediately watered in by hand.
- Upon delivery to our nursery, rootball trees, such as this large specimen multistem Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree), are set out on a large pile of our specially formulated tree potting compost.
- In this case, an 1,800 litre AirPot is wrapped around this large specimen multistem Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree) and secured, then a potting team pots the tree in the same compost, dibbing and packing, being careful to not leave any air pockets.
- Once the stock has started to root, it is put on the automatic irrigation system, which is constantly monitored and adjusted on each tree. These drippers come on every hour throughout the day for 3-4 minutes on each cycle, and on a hot day we can run the system for 13 hours!
- Typically after one year from the trees arrival, a team spaces out existing stock to give it more room for crown development, setting the tree on a pile of fresh compost prior to putting a larger AirPot on it and repotting it.
- Regular ongoing pruning is done to develop the structure and crown of the tree.
- We strive to use biological controls as much as possible and as few fungicides and pesticides as feasible, but as always there are times that it is unavoidable. However, we operate under the strictest safety controls.
- Customers often wonder how we move such large trees? They are carefully laid on a support, skilfully tied up and loaded by a very experienced team that knows exactly how to load them so that the specimen tree looks great at delivery.
- Once the tree is brought to the yard it is rootballed in hessian and wire net and as necessary given a very heavy watering to ensure it will not dry out on its way to the point of delivery.
- When loaded in one of our large artic trailers, you realise just how large the rootballs are on our biggest trees. Here you can see the large slings used to support the tree as it is craned on and off at the trees final destination.
- Here a large Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’ in a 3,500 litre pot is being brought by our heavy lift JCB550-80 telehandler to the yard to be prepared and shipped to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
- We are able to pick up and move our largest tree with our specialist equipment, here seen moving a large Thuja plicata ‘Atrovirens’ on our nursery.