Hi, I have this dumb question because i never planted trees in my life....
Yesterday I bought my first 3 plants. I got one Huarango( prosopis pallida ), one Molle ( Schinus molle) and one casuarina.
I choosed this plants because they are pionner species that can grow in poor environments and genererates fertility and fix nitrogen.
Huarango is a very special plant, i have read that it is the plant that has the deepest roots of all plants ( 70 meters) , this tree is evolved to grow in very dry environments. It roots extract water from the subsoil but also it has some evolved type of roots that grows to the outside capturing the humidity of the environment , this plant generates humidity not only for itself but for its surroundings and also generates fertility.
so ... my plan is to look for the driest area in my land and then plant the huarango in that place.
Then look for another area that doesnt look with too much life ( bare soil ) and plant the casuarina and the same for the molle.
Do you think its a good idea my strategy?
Is it fine if i plant each plant lonely? Does loneliness affect plants?
If I plant a small tree ( baby tree) in a place without any other plant neighbour, is that ok?
Should i plant my plants? or maybe theres something im not considering?
I'm not familiar with the trees you listed but if they are nitrogen fixers, planting them alone now should be ok as your plan for later will be to plant fruit trees near them ? so bsically they wont be lonely for to long
I love the taste of Mequite pods, so I harvested seeds from local trees and tried planting them up at the "ranch". They couldn't tolerate the winter cold and each seedling I planted died. I assume you're planting the peruvian pepper as a source of pepper? Was wondering though, why the casarina, considering the fact that it doesn't produce anything edible? Just the fact that it's a nitrogen fixer is not a game changer for me. I've planted other nitrogen fixers such as Autumn Olive, and haven't been impressed with their growth.
If your weather will permit it, I'd suggest looking at Carob. I love eating the sweet pods that remind me of pumpernickle bread. You can chew the pods and spit out the seeds. Scarify them on sandpaper to promote germination. Unfortunately, Carob too doesn't survie my winter cold. I'm now experimenting with HoneyLocust, which I expect to survive cold much lower than my property has ever seen.
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