(CNN) It’s an interesting time for the Christmas tree industry right now: There are fewer Christmas trees being grown than 10 to 15 years ago, yet more people are buying them. And, they’re paying a heftier price to boot.
According to the National Christmas Tree Association, two major tree-producing states, North Carolina and Oregon, have fewer trees to offer this year than in years past. However, there’s no need to panic: Despite the shortage, there are still enough trees to go around.
“We don’t think that there’s going to be any problem,” Doug Hundley, a seasonal spokesperson for the National Christmas Tree Association, told CNN. “Everybody that wants a real tree is going to get one.”
In fact, Hundley says, the shortage was completely anticipated and is a result of farmers planting fewer trees 10 years ago, in the middle of the Great Recession.
Unlike most manufactured goods and even most crops, there’s a huge lag between the time Christmas trees are planted and when they’re ready to be sold. That means the trees you see now are actually a product of the economy in which they were grown years ago.
“Fifteen years ago, we had too many trees available for the demand. In 2008 and 2009, we had the recession, which cut back on sales and made it worse,” Hundley says. “When tree growers can’t cut the trees, they don’t have the space to plant more.”
The rest is simple math: It takes about eight to 10 years to grow a Christmas tree. Thus, the slimmer planting seasons of yesterday created the slimmer Christmas tree pickings of today.
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Our top-quality fresh cut and live trees have arrived and they are selling quickly!
Stop by either location and get yours today!
The live trees (in containers) come in several varieties,
ready to plant after Christmas. Planting instructions are available.
As the holidays near, I see everyone stressing over decorating their homes so that they are perfect when company comes. I have had customers almost in tears when we do not have the perfect poinsettia or enough paper whites. Questions like “when will the next shipments be coming in”? Why do you not have them? Sometimes we have control of what is coming in and sometimes we do not.
Many of our past suppliers are cutting back on their production. Weather in other parts of the country, such as hurricanes and wild fires have reduced availability. The poinsettias, no problem, we have been growing them since July. We were able to get Christmas cactus early in order to have enough for the holidays. We have a good supply of amaryllis and paper whites and are still sourcing more.
Thank you for shopping locally and making us your “GO TO” nursery. But, most of all, remember, the holidays are about family and friends getting together and catching up on each other’s lives.
The Garden Guru said last week that Payne’s Nurseries in Santa Fe is THE holiday decorating headquarters! Here’s what Payne’s has to offer: four different types of garland, three different types of wreaths, two different types of plantation grown cut Christmas trees, seven different kinds of live trees that you can plant in your yard after Christmas, AND Payne’s grows right here in Santa Fe – many different kinds of poinsettias!
So there’s shades of pinks, and reds and maroons and multi-colors that will suit anybody’s decor! Listen to Lynn’s tip and find out what else Payne’s has in store for you for the Holidays!
Tune in every Friday on KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm you’ll hear Lynn Payne’s tip of the week. The “Garden Guru” himself provides information on different topics including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.
We still have Ristras at the South Store! Stop by St. Michael’s Dr. for a beautiful selection of fresh Ristras, grown and hand-made right here in New Mexico! There are three sizes to choose from as well as wreaths.
We still have Ristras made from organically grown chile at the South Store! These handmade Ristras are not sprayed with any products/chemicals and are perfect for using in your culinary creations.
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