TCU rings in the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting

TCU rings in the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting

TCU rings in the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting

While there's a major Christmas tree shortage across the country, western MA growers haven't felt the impact.

Christmas tree purchases have begun in western Mass. But there's no sticker shock around here. He said the trees they're harvesting now were planted 12 years ago, during a drought. Hundley also said the shortage could increase prices by 10 to 15 percent in some locations with OR and North Carolina being the largest exporter of cut trees.

"When folks start moving Christmas things around, taking things down out of the attic, start bringing things into the house... things that are hiding are now exposed and no longer hiding", says Harris, "So we do get several calls where people are seeing a little increased activity". He said between 10 million trees are sold between the two states. With the lengthy growing period, they're unable to quickly produce more inventory when demand goes up.

How can we be short on Christmas trees of all things?


The best way to prevent bringing bugs into your home is to shake it, many tree lots do this for you, but be sure to do it before loading it up. "They have a bad side, or just not the flawless tree".

"This season, no. I asked to get a few hundred more because our truck wasn't full and they just don't have them", Dauth says.

Shortages became evident during the 2016 harvest season, when growers oversold supplies and were forced to harvest trees from their 2017 allocation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Thomas - also the president of the Maryland Christmas Tree Association - told Fox Business he's struggling to fill orders for retail store owners for their lots.

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