Christmas tree shortage may lead to higher prices this year

Christmas tree shortage may lead to higher prices this year

Merrill has been in the Christmas tree business for 25 years and keeps track of supply and demand.

Throughout the farm.thousands of trees can be found.from Fraser Firs to Canaan Firs and Douglas Firs.there's one of every shape and size.

Celia Goering, president of the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association, said some local growers, who also buy trees to sell, didn't get exactly what they ordered.

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Part of the charm of coming out to a local Christmas tree farm is getting the whole experience of walking through the rows of trees until you find just the flawless one. "We understand the demand and the buyers are back, so that means more planting and more trees for next year". The best Christmas tree stands are created to last for many decades, have a stable base. At least three thousand Christmas trees of various types are growing on their land; 600 alone are planted in their front yard.

Rossview will provide the saws, net your trees and give you twine, but you'll have to actually tie it to your vehicle.

"We chose to do a version of that with our living trees, so we were selecting trees which had that layered effect, and prune in the field to get that shape and layered effect". Now, nearly 10 years later, we're seeing the effects.

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Christmas carols and chainsaws are music to a tree farmer's ears. Don't drive a sports auto to a tree farm to transport a 7-foot fir back to the city. "I'm trying to focus on the wild trees, the local trees, because I think they're more memorable and easier to take care of - and less susceptible to market swings".

According to a report from GWD Forestry, the shortage of popular-sized trees could last until 2025. Add that in, and these farms say this has been one of the most challenging seasons in recent memory.

"A lot of people want something that's big, bushy and deluxe, but as a general trend, we do want them slimmer and we try to accommodate that".

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Now those trees are fully grown, but there are fewer of them to go around, and there are more people looking to buy real trees. "I just might have to end a tradition", Elliot said.

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