Navigating live Christmas tree options


    News 13 photojournalist Kristy Harper shows us how a local garden center was able to work with small suppliers to find a good supply of fresh trees. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

    Many people choose to have a live Christmas trees when the holidays roll in. But many people stopped planting Christmas trees when the recession hit because they weren't getting rid of them. That drop in planting back then means when Santa comes to town this year, he might not find a tree under which to put the presents.

    The folks at A Growing Concern in Hendersonville knew this might be a problem, so they started searching for suppliers in October.

    News 13 photojournalist Kristy Harper shows us how a local garden center was able to work with small suppliers to find a good supply of fresh cut trees. Or, given the price increases, buying a tree you can later plant lets you enjoy your investment for years to come.

    At A Growing Concern, when it comes to timing, its a long game.

    Jeff says lots of people stopped planting trees when the recession hit, because they weren’t getting selling their trees, and only the larger, really big growers that were on contract with big-box stores were able to get their trees out.

    That drop in planting back then means when Santa comes to town this year, he might not find a tree under which to put the presents.

    Luckily though, Jeff and the people at A Growing Concern knew this might be a problem. They got started back in October, looking for that holiday staple.

    Through owners Chuck and Ann’s network of local growers, they were able to find a good supply of fresh-cut trees that were delivered Thanksgiving week. Ann says these are so fresh, being cut just the day before, and are very heavy.

    Heavy--and costly. Costs for cut trees went up almost 30 percent this year

    Jeff says we can only pass so much of that on to their customers. Being a local garden center, they approach their suppliers and their customers differently than larger stores do.

    Small suppliers mean tighter margins. They’re making it work by focusing on quality. not quantity.

    For now, the model is working.

    If you haven’t bought a tree yet, A Growing Concern suggests that buying a tree that is balled and wrapped in burlap is a great option.

    Given the price increases, buying a tree you can later plant lets you enjoy your investment for years to come.

    Click here to visit the website for A Growing Concern.

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