Commitment: Whatever the size of your project be sure to commit the necessary funds and time to do it properly and get things right first time. It generally costs between $6000 to $10,000 per hectare in the first year to establish a 400 stem/ha irrigated Paulownia timber plantation in Australia, with a further $2000 - $3000 per year for the next 2 years, dropping back to under $1000 ongoing costs per year in the following years. If you lack confidence or resources then start with a trial plantation. It's better to have a small success than a big failure.
Land: Paulownia need good drainage and sunny aspect. If you don't have your own land but wish to invest in Paulownia, contact us as we may be able to help you with a land lease and plantation management program.
Water & fertiliser: Established Paulownia trees will survive harsh conditions, but they go into dormancy during droughts. To be commercially viable a Paulownia plantation needs reliable summer rainfall or irrigation during the growing season in conjunction with a well planned and maintained fertiliser programme.
Long term vision: Most of the investment is undertaken during the first 3 years when the establishment and most pruning is completed. However, ongoing management, such as slashing between rows, may be required right up to harvest. Plantation inspections are essential - observation, good growing sense and timely action are keys for a successful harvest.