Christmas Tree Prices

By: Leigh Abraham Email
By: Leigh Abraham Email

There's nothing like picking out that perfect tree.

After you make your choice, it's time to cut it down and take it home.

But it cost money to grow your tree and for tree farmers like Jim Culpepper, it's hard to know what each year will bring.

He says this years weather killed some of his crop.

"We did get some spring rain but when the summer came we lost a lot of seedlings and when you lose a seedling it has a tendency to put you a year behind. And when you have two or three bad springs in a row your growth cycle is about three years off."

Some of the trees this year aren't as tall, so they have to be brought in from another farm says Culpepper.

"Anything over eight foot we're probably gonna be bringing in now from a farm in Luray. We don’t have them here."

Other tree farmers in the valley are also having to raise their prices.

You can blame the high cost of gas this year for increasing the cost of production.

"It's double the price of the fuel. Instead of having a eight hundred dollar fuel bill a year, now you got it up there about sixteen hundred" says tree farmer Delemer Ratliff.

But even with the weather and fuel prices, both farmers say the growing season was good overall and they have plenty of Christmas trees this year.


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