» Introduction of varieties and obligatory time spent in the Quarantine Station: after a prior request to the services concerned, the breeder sends the grafts directly to the Ligneux Quarantine Station, which examines them upon arrival, grafts them and analyses them for over a year before returning the plants to us.
» Planting in our experimental orchard: with two trees per variety.
» Monitoring of one or several varieties: the varieties are studied according to the different criteria mentioned above in order to select the best one.
» Large scale plantation: after selection, a commercial orchard is planted, to test the true agronomic aptitudes, meaning that we are able to offer our future fruit-farming clients a “User Guide” for each variety. This demonstration orchard also allows us to welcome visitors who wish to see the trees in real farm conditions.
» Simultaneous plantation in the experimental stations: 3 trees per variety.
» Simultaneous plantation by our privileged clients: 3 trees per variety.
» Monitoring flowering: date, abundance of flowers, floral anomalies, fruit setting, thinning out.
» Type of tree: bearing and strength of the tree, fructification supports, factors that determine fast production or not.
» Monitoring ripening: date, production, harvest of fruits.
» Analysing fruits in the lab: % in first category, % by size, firmness, sugar level.
» Tasting Club: We regularly send samples throughout the season to fruit buyers, to have a "market opinion". We also receive visitors every day who fill in a questionnaire and give us their opinions.