Hurst Orchard near Weaverville, NC

August 26, 2009

Jim and Caroline Hurst’s back-cross chestnut orchard, planted in 2008, thrives because of soil analysis, soil preparation before planting, installation of a drip irrigation system, and good orchard maintenance.

Soil tests indicated that the land was very low in nutrients. The Hursts had the orchard area plowed and fertilized. They also installed a drip irrigation system to ensure the trees receive adequate water. The NC mountains have experienced drought to significantly lower than normal rainfall conditions in recent years.  The survival rate as of August 2009 is 89%, or 129 of 145 seed planted growing as young trees.