Christmas tree farms experiencing shortages this year
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Christmas is getting closer and if you’re thinking of buying a live tree, you might want to do it soon.
Tom Nieman has a Christmas tree farm here in Lexington.
He says this year, there’s a shortage of trees at most farms.
Nieman says it’s because fewer trees were planted in 2009 during the economic recession. He says it is also in part because of drought in 2010 and 2011.
Now, he says, we’re seeing the effects.
He explains the trees grow about a foot each year, so it takes a long time for the trees to reach the size needed to sell.
Nieman says he has around 20,000 trees on his farm, but only a small percentage can be sold. That’s why he says he’s worried his farm may have to close early.
“We want to stay open until Christmas Eve. You know, I’ve cut trees on Christmas Eve many times, but we can only sell so many, then we have to close. Otherwise, it impacts our rotation,” said Nieman.
Prices for trees are expected to be higher this year, but Nieman says that isn’t the case for his farm.