Hike in Christmas tree prices due to tree shortage

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Jerome Suchor has deep roots in trees.

The freakish Christmas tree craze is designed for people who don't have much space, and we can't work out if it's utterly bonkers or a little bit genius. In 1992, he started his own: Suchor's Prairie Pines. The technology developed by Dalhousie University researchers was officially licensed for commercial use last month, and seedlings are being distributed to growers who will begin planting in the spring.

"It's a dying art".

Judd Rutland said the move to the site in front of the baseball stadium has helped produce a lot of new customers this holiday season. Where would you put the presents? "To some extent, it reminds people of the blue spruce because of its bushiness and number of branches; it also reminds people of the Scotch pine", Weidensaul said. The debate goes back more than 50 years - think 1965 classic A Charlie Brown Christmas.

"You can come and pick out your own". "Some folks will do that and they'll deteriorate fast", Rutland said.

While there is a nationwide Christmas tree shortage this year, Bell's farm isn't suffering.

He grew up with an artificial tree, but his family would never consider such a thing now, he says.

There is no lack of real trees available in the area.

"You don't get to do stuff like this anymore", Rick Testani said of the hands-on experience.

Margaux Lindsay and her husband, Shawn, inherited the Campbell Beach Farm near Cavalier after her father's death. "Trees grow about a foot a year", Bauerlein says.

A 5-foot festive fir from Very - which describes the tree as "space saving" - is on offer for $25, and has already attracted a string of comments from savvy shoppers who've figured out that the design means they have less to decorate.

"It was a lot of extra traffic in on the parking lot, and it was a big help", Barger said.

But among people who make the trek out to the farm, the demand is stronger for "cut-your-own", McCrindle says. "That takes 13 to 15 years".

Then, after Christmas, there is then the job of disposing of the tree. "But that can make it hard to get your tree topper sitting right", Joe Walters said.

"It's kind of sad to see that tradition that's gone by the wayside", she said.

"It is an opportunity for people to come together and be creative". "The next popular are concolor fir and balsam fir".

He's raised Christmas trees for 20 years and has worked with the North Dakota Forest Service, too. The first trees were planted in 2002 and were ready for harvest four years later.

None of the growers said the statewide drought this year affected their operations.

"I just like seeing the little kids run out, they get so excited about selecting a Christmas tree", Rutland said.

"We are quite meticulous", said Gordie.

"We have a new house this year, so we want to have a new fresh cut Christmas tree for our house", says Rose O'Neil.

"Half a tree might sound a bit off, but bear with us, there's method in our madness", one retailer quips of the unusual fir.

"This year we had more demand for large trees than we've ever had, and we sold them out as fast as we could get them up", Rutland said.

"I know there's been talk about increasing prices of the Christmas trees but I know I just paid here and it's the same price that it is every year", said Spalj.

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