Real Christmas tree growers say prices are rising
Rising costs for Christmas tree growers will likely be passed onto consumers this season.
Real Christmas Tree Board executive director Marsha Gray tells Brownfield a recent survey of their members found increases up to 15 percent are likely.
“Their input costs have gone up significantly and a certain percentage of that is getting passed on in the wholesale price of those Christmas trees,” she shares.
She says supplies and other logistical challenges are expected to be similar to 2021.
“We are in a position of tight supply, we have been for several years, but not any shortage,” she says.
Growers also listed freight/shipping/logistics/ supply chain slowdowns as their top concern in the survey.
Her best advice to consumers is to shop early and never let a real tree dry out. It takes about seven years to grow a real Christmas tree or about a year per foot.