In the true pioneering spirit, Charles T. Peltzer left the security of his 960 acre wheat farm, in Pretty Prairie, Kansas with his wife and nine children in 1913 to try his luck in the untamed West. A 20 acre site was selected in Anaheim, which consisted of one-year old citrus trees and nine dairy cows. This location was successfully farmed by the family and was eventually acquired by their son, Victor Peltzer. He, in turn farmed it until its eventual sale to Walt Disney in 1954. Of course this location become a part of the fabulous Disneyland. It is still possible for family members to still identify original locations of the house and barn marked by the continued use of the larger trees that were original to the property.
The Victor and Irma Peltzer family relocated in East Anaheim where a now much expanded citrus operation continued to flourish. Then in December of 1963 , son Charles T. Peltzer II, now representing the third generation combined forces with father Victor and formed the first Peltzer Pine Farm. This location was on Jefferson Street in East Anaheim, which was chosen as a temporary location in order to compare the then remaining citrus to the new Peltzer Pine planting. We know that many of our older customers remember well our first location on Jefferson. It was a natural that the conversion of the last remaining citrus was completed in 1970 to the Anaheim location of Peltzer Pine. This change was mainly because of a citrus disease aptly named "Quick Decline" and basically signaled the end of most citrus in Orange County. Another problem that took care of virtually all of the remaining citrus was named "subdivision" and "high property taxes"! These last two were even more efficient at removing citrus than the dreaded "Quick Decline".
Along with the re-location from Jefferson Street to the Miraloma Avenue farm, a second Peltzer Pine was begun on North Batavia,Orange. Ground preparation and first trees were planted late in 1968, and the first harvest was December 1972. Eventually there was a total of 8 farms. Now there are only 2.
There is a lot of work that goes into providing a choice Christmas Tree, much more that would ever be imagined. We start from seed that is specially ordered from New Zealand. We then plant the seed in our own nursery and after great difficulty getting started, we then transplant to the field for four years of constant care.In the field, the trees are irrigated frequently and treated for insects and pests as required. Then after four years of nearly monthly pruning and careful shaping, we offer these trees to you as the best we can grow as full-time farmers. And with Mother Nature co-operating we feel that these trees are among the best available. And we are still finding ways to further improve our quality and service to you. So now you know that the "Peltzer Pines Christmas Tree" that you choose required so much care, all of which was carefully planned and carried out for four years plus.
Charles T. Peltzer II, owner of Peltzer Pines, is a third generation farmer in Anaheim. This is the 59th
anniversary of Peltzer Ranch, Inc. & Peltzer Pines 50th anniversary. In 1966 he sold his first Christmas trees and is still providing Orange County with beautiful trees forty five years later.
Nick, fourth generation & son of Charles owns a Palm Tree Nursery. Visit his web site www.peltzernursery.com for information about the most beautiful palm trees available in Orange County.
Charles Jr., fourth generation and youngest son of Charles has the only Pumpkin Patch on a real farm
in Temecula. Be sure to visit his web site www.peltzerfarms.com about all the activities including pig races that take place at this unique Pumpkin Patch.
When you visit one of our farms, chances are very good that you will have been waited on by a fifth generation grandchild and a large number of local students. So you can see that it is traditionally a caring operation with everyone contributing in an invaluable way.