All of our date trees are grown from pups (offshoots from the parent tree). This guarantees that both the tree and the fruit produced will be identical to the parent. It takes between 6 to 8 years before the pups will be big enough to transplant, and then another six or seven years before they will begin to produce.
To make it easier to separate the pups from the parent tree, we have attached a special chisel to the backhoe. The backhoe can exert quite a bit more force then an individual worker.
A date pup partially separated from its parent tree.
After the new pups have been planted, they are given a “flat top” haircut, and wrapped in cardboard to protect the heart. They will receive a constant flow of water thru a drip irrigation system.