The Fruits of Rancho Santa Margarita Trees – Replanting
Fruit trees are a great investment. When you consider they can produce an extra yield of food, you’ll see the value of your purchase. With California is experiencing a drought, water levels in the reservoirs are at an all time low. The result is that we are having to grow more trees to produce enough food. There is an epidemic of trees being killed off as a natural consequence of this ongoing crisis.
There is one tree, which stands in such bad stead that it is literally being starved of all life. This is one tree which should be removed from the market and taken off the market so that there is no potential for its replacement. Its name is the Black Prince; the threat it poses to the delicate balance of the environment cannot be overstated.
The reason this particular tree is under threat is that its natural predators have killed it. These trees are part of a group which includes tropical fruit trees. The area where the Black Prince lives has a complete ecological niche built in for it. This means that there is very little competition for the limited amount of food there. The number of birds and other small animals that will eat its berries is also very low.
It is a real shame that this unique tree has been put into a situation where it is in danger of disappearing. It is estimated that in the next fifty years there will not be any more of these trees. One of the reasons it is facing such a disaster is that very few people are aware of it. Only a few people living near its natural habitat in the Santa Margarita National Park know of its existence.
It is extremely important that people living in or close to the region to become aware of what is happening to these beautiful trees. Only by concerted action will the possibility of them disappearing be reduced. There is a campaign currently underway to let people know of the existence of the Santa Margarita trees, and for this the government has also given some money.
When the Black Prince killed the last of the black-tipped trees, it was obvious that the threats to the remaining ones were severe. A concerted effort involving all of the voluntary organizations that work near Santa Margarita and the different national parks will be required to save these trees. As, well as individual people working with local community organizations within the region. It is hoped that this will prevent the growing numbers of trees being killed off.
One way to help reduce the threats faced by the remaining trees is by planting some seeds which can be used to promote regeneration. In some parts of Mexico, the bark of these trees grow very thickly. By cutting away part of their bark of the roots can easily penetrate and grow through. By replanting these trees at this point it is hoped that they will grow much thicker than they are now and thus offer a protection for the remaining trees.
In recent times it is believed that as many as twenty-five hundred trees have been saved by the efforts of the owners of the Rancho Santa Margarita. In one year three of these trees were felled. This is quite an impressive feat considering that in total there are somewhere around two thousand trees on the estate. These are not just fig trees, but apple, blueberry, plum, pecan, and pomegranate trees.
It has been calculated that replanting just fifty percent of the trees could save the entire plantation. The owners aim to replant another fifty percent in the next two years. When this is completed, the figure is certain to be much higher. The whole process will take four years.
The replanting of the fruit trees has been accompanied with a major cleaning operation. Sufficient water was carefully supplied so that the residue of twigs and branches could be removed. It is understood that many branches were damaged during the heavy storms. Water extraction and draining operations have been established to remove the dead and damaged branches. The entire operation has been managed by a team of experts. A special committee is responsible for overseeing the entire replanting.
There are two methods of replanting. The first is when all the trees are brought together. The second is when half of the trees are gathered. This way the trees grow together, get pruned and checked, and after successful replanting, are packed into one large box to be shipped