Christmas tree farmers expect to sell more this year

Jessica adds the finishing touches
Heathcliff O'Malley

Jessica adds the finishing touches Credit Heathcliff O'Malley

There were some national reports over the weekend warning of Christmas tree shortage this year.

"I produce, grow and cut down my trees at my farm in Fayette County", he said, "but I live in Raleigh County and sell them here". That means there are limited choices for shoppers and of course price increase. "They like the experience.We've had families that their kids have grown up and their kids have come back", said Kazery.

But in Minnesota, we have thousands and thousands of trees available.

Here, David Mitchell, Christmas tree expert and buying manager for horticulture at Wyevale Garden Centres (, talks us through 7 things to consider when choosing your tree. "They go to roughly 62 to 63 military installations around the USA".

Before making a selection, gardeners recommend keeping safety in mind.

At 47, this Christmas tree grower has practically heard it all, from how you might be allergic to trees to how farmers are seemingly foraging forests.

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In addition to that, Brougham's main Colorado supplier went out of business, so you'll find trees from New Mexico and MI at Luckylure.

- Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.

"Every year since our boys were little we would go out and look for the ideal tree", Judy Mitchell said. They hold their needles well, but only if care is taken to make sure they never run out of water. "When you take the tree home and get it inside and it warms up, it will release more fragrance", Howell said. But the reason for the acceleration of real Christmas trees' loss of market share is that prices simply keep growing.

Since 2005, Trees for Troops has been the effort of FedEx and the National Christmas Trees Association, and has provided thousands of Christmas Trees to military families and troops in the US and overseas. Teal has owned the Bark River farm, which opened to the public on Black Friday, for about 36 years. If the needles pull out easily, or if they appear a tiresome, lifeless green, that tree may be past its prime. "You might get too much rain, and some of them root-rot", Shumate said. "If not, the tree is still fresh".

Tree farms across the area will be cutting trees up until a few days before Christmas. They may hold a big community bonfire or grind the trees into mulch that can be used for the garden in spring.

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