WAUSAU, Wisconsin (WSAW) – Christmas tree farms in central Wisconsin may not have enough trees to go around this holiday season. This will particularly affect those looking to buy in bulk.
The shortage stems from the influx of buyers that many farm owners saw throughout the pandemic last year, according to Country Mission Farm owner Regan Pourchot.
“With COVID and all that is going on, going back to family traditions,” Pourchot explained, “And the people who wanted to start earlier, last year we saw them go faster and we had high demand trees. “
According to Pourchot, many families started their holiday season earlier than normal last year.
Another contributing factor is the amount of trees still in the growing phase.
“Frasers, Balsams, and Fraser X are the most popular trees,” Pourchot explained. “They take about 10 to 12 years to really mature.”
Experts believe that most farmers who planted new trees ten years ago haven’t planted enough.
“There was sort of an overabundance of trees back then and some people said, ‘Ah, I’m not going to plant that many anymore,’ said Central Wisconsin Evergreens field manager Dean Lemke.
Lemke and Pourchot both agreed that families looking to purchase single, picked and cut trees should not be affected this year. But wholesale customers are already jostling with the approach of the end of the year holidays.
“Unlike every other year, I can’t remember a year when we got so many calls from wholesalers who wanted to buy trees from us,” Pourchot said.
When it comes to when to buy a tree, Pourchot said buyers should consider the health of the tree while it is in customer care.
“Trees will naturally wither if you plant them too early,” Pourchot explained. “I encourage people to wait until Thanksgiving. You will have no problem finding a tree and I think you will have a good start to the season.
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