Anacortes, WA (PressExposure) August 14, 2012 -- It's a well-kept secret among savvy tree farmers that a small group of specialty tree crops can bring as much as $100,000 per acre. Trees are a profitable and renewable resource that can be grown in a small backyard or small acreage. Best of all, trees are not a seasonal crop like flowers or vegetables. If flowers or harvested vegetables don't sell, the grower doesn't make anything. Instead, trees just keep on growing, so you can sell the larger trees next year for more money. That's one of the best reasons to grow trees - their value keeps increasing each year. Another good reason is that most specialty tree growers are part-timers, who put in just a few hours a week to tend their trees.
The new book from Headstart Publishing, Growing Trees For Profit, reveals the very best specialty tree crops for small growers who are seeking a new source of "green" income. The best way to insure your tree growing success is to grow 'high-value' trees. In 'Growing Trees For Profit,' you'll learn about the 8 best high-value trees, from tiny bonsai trees you can hold in one hand to 80 foot walnut trees that can bring as much as $10,000 each when harvested. Here's a preview of the high-value trees covered in the book:
BONSAI - With a history dating back thousands of years, bonsai, the art of growing miniature trees, is still growing in popularity. Millions of people around the world love these natural beauties, which take up very little space because of their compact size. These high-value trees can produce a substantial income in a very small nursery area.
FRUIT TREES - There is a growing demand for both backyard fruit trees that can produce a crop for homeowners seeking to reduce food costs and as a commercial tree for those interested in starting a fruit tree nursery on small acreage. There is a renewed interest in the old-fashioned fruit varieties, such as antique apples, some of which date back to Thomas Jefferson's time. Thanks to tree researchers, dwarf fruit tree varieties are now available that can produce two or three times per acre what standard trees produce, and begin producing in just three or four years.
JAPANESE MAPLE - Acer palmatum is a small tree with a wide range of leaf shapes and colors that can be grown in most climate zones. Retail nurseries often refer to Japanese maples as a 'collector's tree,' as collectors are willing to pay $200 to $2,000 for "specimen" trees with at least a 2" diameter trunk. Landscapers often use these beautiful trees as part of an arrangement or as a stand-alone specimen tree.
LANDSCAPE NURSERY - A backyard tree nursery is a perfect business for anyone who wants to earn an income from a 'green' business that can be started on a shoestring. From apple trees to yews, there are hundreds of popular trees which can be grown and sold to homeowners, landscapers and retail nurseries.
NUT TREES - A five-acre plot of mature nut trees can produce a full-time income when well managed. The newest method is using permaculture to create a natural forest, with taller nut trees, such as walnuts and chestnuts for the upper story and shade-tolerant nuts, such as filberts, for the lower story. When the larger trees are full-grown, they can be selectively harvested for their valuable timber, which can bring several thousand dollars for just one tree.
TREE FARMING - Old-fashioned tree farms, with row after row of tree trunks with little on the ground between trunks is rapidly being replaced by a 'greener' and more profitable system called agroforestry. Agroforestry is a system that integrates crops, or livestock, or both, with trees to provide diversified income, better water retention and improved habitat for livestock and wildlife. Done right, it can provide much higher income, food for grazing animals, erosion control, shelter for the animals from sun and wind, even fix nitrogen in the soil!
WILLOW TREES - Basket weaving is enjoying a revival of popularity, as both serious artists and hobbyists explore this versatile plant material. That has created a market for willow cuttings in a rainbow of colors. In addition, there is strong demand for potted willow trees. Willow cuttings, taken from existing trees, can be sold for conservation and biomass projects.
CHRISTMAS TREES - Growing Christmas trees is a popular and profitable tree crop for over 20,000 growers in the United States. Most growers plant over 2,000 trees per acre, so if you own or can lease as little as an acre of land, you can start Christmas tree farming. As the number of city dwellers grows, smaller tabletop trees have become more popular, even at prices of $30 - $50 per tree. Many buyers prefer to buy living uncut Christmas trees that can be kept in a container or the yard until the next holiday season. Some growers have found they can make as much money each holiday season from 'greens' such as decorative boughs, garlands and wreaths, as from their cut tree sales.
Growing Trees For Profit provides the essential information to get started growing each high-value tree crop, such as the most popular varieties, wholesale sources for tree seeds and seedlings and growing and marketing tips and techniques.
Topics covered in this breakthrough book include:
How to grow 3,000 trees in your backyard.
How to build a basic greenhouse for just $300.
The 33 most popular landscaping trees to grow.
How to grow miniature trees for bonsai collectors.
Growing trees for craft fiber for weavers.
How to grow high-value willow shoots for basket weavers.
Ten best-selling Japanese maple varieties.
Wholesale sources for specialty tree seedlings.
How to grow woody ornamentals for florists.
Which Japanese maple trees can bring $300 each.
Growing Trees For Profit covers all the essentials to help new growers get their tree growing business from startup to profitableIf you enjoy working with plants, you'll look forward to the time you spend taking care of your trees and it won't seem like work at all. Growing trees is a low-tech business that anyone can learn. It's amazing how many million-dollar plant nurseries got their start with little more than a wheelbarrow and a shovel!
Growing Trees For Profit is available from Profitable Plants Digest. To order, visit: http://profitableplantsdigest.com