Christmas tree shopping at Grant Christmas Tree Farm

Others will be dragging them out of the attic once we're on the far side of Thanksgiving. Another plus is that real trees and greens are recyclable, as opposed to petroleum-based artificial ones that would otherwise be discarded, Martin said.

Since the first trees were planted on a remote Maunakea hillside, there have been three more plantings of 600 seedlings each on state trust lands, said Heather Simmons, the executive director of the Hawaii Forest Industry Association. "Choose and cut trees have to be trimmed twice a year, in the hot summer it doesn't matter".

"So yeah, we're having trouble filling the orders that we have", he said.

He's been growing and selling them for 34 years.

"The longer you wait the less selection you have", says Shrake.

In fact, White said the farm just opened up another plot of trees about a mile away from the original location.

Is it too early to talk trees - Christmas trees, specifically?

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He says depending on the type of tree, he believes the shortage is expected to last about five years.

"Connecticut's Christmas tree growers work hard all year to prepare for this season, and they are looking forward to another great year", Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky said.

According to Macklin, the average size trees they sell, cost about $100 a year ago. "They've gone to a lot of effort to get here", he said.

"I mean, there are disadvantages".

"I want to try to grow 100 of each species in the nursery and then give 10 or so to different landowners at different elevations", Yeh said.

Crowds filled the street along the riverfront as the fun started up, with live music, free hot chocolate, story telling for the kids and even a special appearance from Santa. "We have a fire going in the gift shop", Collins said.

Tug on the needles to make sure they're not coming off, and shake the tree to get the dead needles out of it.


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