How nationwide Christmas tree shortage is affecting Palm Beach County

How nationwide Christmas tree shortage is affecting Palm Beach County

If you want to buy American, real tree: Using 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture stats, CR reported that U.S. farmers harvested 17.3 million Christmas trees for $305 million in sales, while U.S. Census Bureau stats indicated 97 percent of artificial trees that same year were imported from China.

Storeyland owner Debbie Yeager said her farm has more than 100 acres filled with different types of trees.

Holiday experts at Yankee Magazine shared with Latin Times a fun Christmas tree trivia, the most popular types of Tannenbaums and advice for picking and caring for the flawless Christmas tree.

Florida has 35 Christmas tree growers, mostly located in the northern and central part of the state. Almost 10 years later, the trees that should have been planted then are not around to be cut in a better sales climate. But they were able to replace that with Douglas Firs, Plus they grow Scotch Pine trees on the farm.

Yeager said a tree that is purchased around Thanksgiving should last through Christmas.

Andy Johnson, who owns and operates Bridgestone Christmas Trees with his family, tends to the trees he bought from MI. The average prices consumers polled by the NCTA spent per tree has also been on the rise.

According to a new AAA survey, an estimated 20 million Americans who purchased a real Christmas tree in the last three years did not properly secure it to their vehicle, risking serious vehicle damage and unsafe road debris.

How nationwide Christmas tree shortage is affecting Palm Beach County

A potted Christmas tree can be kept in its pot and moved outside to live after the holidays, and then brought inside each year for the festivities, but will require a fair bit more care than one that gets planted outside.

"You can definitely tell that we're suffering the effects of the shortage because the trees aren't as tall as they have been in the past", Kuipers said.

Johnson says prices will remain the same this year, but the demand for fir trees will cause a slight increase next year. Check the needles, shake the tree and remember that few needles will fall out, but should't be lot. Both receive their Christmas trees from farms in Wisconsin. "Right now we are at the peak of the shortage". The trees are not sold wholesale.

Prices for real trees are up 5% to 10% this year, just like last year, when comparing the same-sized tree.

Fraser Fir: Touted as the most popular tree in the USA, the Fraser has strong branches, excellent needle retention, and a sweet-spicy scent. "For me, the best part of Christmas is gathering together with family to decorate the tree while making Christmas cookies and ornaments".

The 6m (20ft) tree grown by Robert Morgan, from Three Crosses, won the competition from 200 produced by fellow growers to secure the coveted spot at Number 10.

So if you're particularly susceptible to breathing issues, not to be all Scrooge over here but it might be more sensible to get yourself a fake tree.

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