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Rush is on for Christmas tree growers

28 November 2017, 01:32 | Ruben Stone

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There are approximately 350 million real Christmas trees now growing on farms across the United States to service annual demand for about 25-30 million, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

"They're grown on Christmas tree plantations by small American farmers, and it takes up to 10 years to grow a normal size Christmas tree". Get this, they say it takes seven years for a tree to fully develop!

Well, for many it's time to buy a Christmas tree, which leads to one of life's biggest dilemmas among families - should a real tree be purchased, or an artificial one?

The National Fire Protection Association reports that more than 200 home fires each year start with a Christmas tree.

Smith also blames Hurricane Harvey for the spike in price to transport his trees from the Willamette Valley in OR to South Texas.

"We have 300 going from ME every year". "I'm not happy about it".

Today, Shumate is a co-owner of New River Tree Co., one of the largest operations in the Whitetop region - with 600,000 trees growing on 10 farms in both North Carolina and Virginia. He didn't want to elaborate on the financial hit but said it would be a significant one.

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"If they're going to leave it up until Christmas, that's quite a span", he said.

- Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. But if you're in it for a deal, consider waiting until mid-December to get the tree.

"They're reindeer", said Rocky Brougham.

It's a tradition for us to get Christmas trees right after Thanksgiving to put the last piece of the puzzle for our house.

"It's not all about the tree as to getting the tree, bringing it home, decorating it, the smell".

There's a place in Evergreen where Christmas is everywhere. Trees should be checked daily to make sure the water doesn't go below the bottom of trunk. If you are at a tree farm, keep in mind to think about how the size (both height and width) will look inside your house. "They just went up so much".

To keep risks low, always do not forget to make sure lights are off when you're not there to take care of them.



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