Published: Mon, November 26, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Cheaper trees for the holiday available after this weekend

Cheaper trees for the holiday available after this weekend

A shortage of Fraser trees, the most popular on the East Coast, had some North Carolina buyers scrambling to find balsam firs in New England. Now the supply is tight and it takes eight to 10 years - the time needed to grow a Christmas tree - to boost the supply.

Sellers will cut prices "knowing that if they don't sell them by Christmas Eve, they're probably not going to sell them", said Tim O'Connor, executive director of the National Christmas Tree Association. They're made from non-biodegradable metal and plastic, and many end their lives in landfill.

If you want a deal on a tree, try waiting until the week before Christmas and you could save about 22%.

Fortunately, the staff at Ted Drewes said the Christmas tree shortage wouldn't hurt their prices. "I had to go to Wisconsin and North Carolina". "Now you have a lot of these farms that are being sold for other uses".

And with a farm of around 24,000 trees, there is no shortage of options at Kaleidoscope Farms. "It's getting tough", said Tom McGill, who oversees the effort. In addition to offering "cut your own" Christmas trees, the farm also sells treats and snacks to anyone who works up an appetite searching for the flawless tree.

In 2017, 27.4 million real Christmas trees were purchased for an average of $75 per tree, according to a National Christmas Tree Association survey by Nielsen/Harris Poll.

"Supply and demand seem to always be in some flux", Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist and professor at Oregon State University, said via email.

"Every family's got their own type that they've grown up with, or their own type they like to have and they all have their own type of qualities", said Meister.

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