Growers, customers not anxious about nationwide Christmas tree shortage

Santa's Forest Christmas Farm is not selling
Santa's Forest Christmas Farm is not selling"choose and cut trees for the first time in 30 years

26 November, 2017

At Erway's Christmas Tree Adventure in Wilson, they're harvesting their locally grown Christmas Trees.

Fraser fir, especially, is more expensive on the wholesale market this year, said Joe Ahearn, a Delaware County Christmas tree farmer who also operates retail tree stands.

Macy was left scrambling for volunteers to help offload trees on Thanksgiving Day when a delayed shipment of trees that had been scheduled to arrive Monday finally showed up Thursday morning.

The National Fire Protection Association says on average, one of every 31 reported Christmas tree fires results in death.

The Tuesday morning report was dire: America faces a nationwide Christmas trees shortage.

Cut off about an inch and your tree will drink water again, and there are a couple of additive's you can add for longevity.

"There actually is fewer this year than last year", said Brian Zellner of Christmas Tree Land.

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"By purchasing locally-grown Christmas trees and holiday greens, CT residents can have a direct influence on keeping forests as forest and farms as farms".

What was a tradition for many families for years, decades, or even generations, is no more this year. I mean, you have to drive a ways, maybe pay more, but the main advantage is it's just really a family outing, it's not just to get the tree.

"So yeah, we're having trouble filling the orders that we have", he said.

That's the signature tree of North Carolina, one of the nation's Christmas tree industry powerhouses, said Jennifer Greene, North Carolina Christmas Tree Association executive director.

Thanks to hundreds of thousands of tree sales, Square was able to analyze last year's numbers to distill American tree-buying habits.

Fresh trees have more flexible needles.

It's important is to make a fresh cut on the bottom of the tree.

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