Seedling To Christmas Tree.
We purchase Christmas trees, called seedlings, from a nursery when they are about two years old. Each spring, we carefully plant the seedlings in the fields where we work hard to keep them healthy by protecting them from insects and diseases as well as providing them with proper nutrients.
During the summer, the trees are carefully sheared to keep their shape. The trees will grow in the fields until they are about 8-12 years old and range in size up to 12 feet. While the trees are growing, they provide a home for many wild birds and small animals. They also create clean air for us to breathe.
Hours // 11/19 – 12/23
Reasons Why Fresh-Cut Real Trees Are Better Than Artificial Trees.
- Real trees are recyclable; artificial trees are not biodegradable and require many resources to produce.
- Real trees are better for the environment, they provide a place for birds and animals to live, they clean the air we breathe, and they protect the soil.
- After Christmas, many people put their tree outside and hang treats on it for the birds to eat during the winter.
- Live Christmas trees are beautiful, natural, and fragrant!
This graceful-looking evergreen is a dense tree with long, soft, green foliage. Because of its softer branches, this tree requires light-weight ornaments. The sweet scent of the white pines have made it popular in the South. The high quality needle retention has resulted in them being used for wreaths, swags and other greenery.
Also known as White fir, Concolor firs are known to have a stately, uniform appearance. Distributed throughout the southwestern United States, this evergreen tree has a distinctive citrusy aroma. The needles of a Concolor are typically long and flat in shape with a silvery, blue-green coloring. Concolor firs are great for families who have a lot of ornaments and it shows as they have been increasing in popularity over the years.
The Douglas-fir is a hardy tree with soft, green needles and a very natural Christmas tree scent. The branches on a Douglas-fir are not as solid as some other species making it best decorated with lighter-weight ornaments. This beautiful evergreen is another holiday favorite and widely used as a Christmas tree across the United States.
The Fraser Fir is one of our most popular trees. Native to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. They have blue-green needles with subtle silvery undersides. The branches are sturdy making them great for holding decorations and ornaments. Fraser Firs have a pleasant scent and outstanding needle retention.
Korean firs are newer to Christmas tree farms in Pennsylvania. The dark green needles contrast beautifully with the silvery undersides.They have strong branches, short, soft needles and excellent needle retention. These characteristics are what make a Korean fir easy to identify and make a picture-perfect backdrop for your family’s treasured ornaments.
Live Potted Trees
Small live potted trees of some of the above varieties may also be purchased. Many people like to decorate them for inside their house, and then later plant the trees in their yard when the temperature and weather conditions are right. Live potted trees should not be inside for longer than two weeks.
PLEASE CALL AHEAD OF TIME TO VERIFY WE HAVE THE TYPE OF TREE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, INCLUDING PRE-CUT TREES OR TREES STILL IN THE FIELD.
How To Care For Your Christmas Tree.
Tree Care For Cut Trees.
Make sure the stand is kept full of water so that it does not dry out. Avoid small “coffee cup” stands that hold too little water. A stand that will hold a 4-inch diameter trunk should hold at least 1 gallon of water after the tree is set up. You may purchase a suitable tree stand in our gift shop.
Research has shown that plain water is by far the best thing to have in the tree’s stand. Some commercial additives and home concoctions can actually be detrimental to a tree’s moisture retention and increase needle loss. Water holding stands that are kept filled with plain water will extend the freshness of trees for weeks.
Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators, televisions, and other heat sources.
Only use indoor lights on your tree, check lights to see that the cords and connections are in good working order. Be careful not to use more than three light sets per extension cord.
Unplug lights when going to bed or when leaving home.
Tree Care For Live Potted Trees.
The most important thing to remember when caring for a live tree is to give it time to acclimate before moving it back outside. In order to do this it is best to keep the tree inside for only a short time. While inside the tree should be kept watered but not in excess. Before planting the tree outside, it should spend some time in a garage or similar sheltered location where it will not be as cold before planting the tree outside. The tree can be planted anytime during winter or spring.