Expect to pay more for Christmas trees, experts say


Add Christmas Trees are on the list of things facing scarcity and high prices this year.

Several factors are driving the trend, Newsday reported, including the highest sales during the first Christmas of last year COVID-19 Contagious and Supply chain issues This year.

Experts say tree buyers expect to pay between 10% and 30% more for living trees and artificial trees this year, and should have a smaller option to choose from.

“Prices have increased significantly,” John Mohlenhoff, secretary of the Huntington Fire Department’s Hook and Ladder Company, told the newspaper. “We have to compromise on what kind of trees we’re getting, the sizes, everything.”

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A merchant passes through a Christmas tree show in southeast Denver on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, outside the main door of the grocery store. Add Christmas trees to the list of things that are facing scarcity and high prices this year. (AP Photo / David Jalubo (AP Newsroom)

The Huntington Fire Department sold its trees in 48 hours last year, which is usually a week-long fundraiser, Mohlenhoff said. This year, prices have been increased by about $ 5, making it the first time in a decade. The department would have to pay a higher price for a Pennsylvania farm that supplies the trees.

Owner Ed Dart said the Darts Christmas Tree Farm in Southhold sold mature trees for the first time in 50 years and many that were not yet mature, leaving the farm with fewer large trees this year.

The glowing Christmas fireplace and living room, wood and stockings hang from the mantel by the fireplace. Waiting for Santa. (IStock)

Several factors are at work. Experts told Newsday that farmers struggling after the recession of 2009 planted fewer trees for several years and that demand has been increasing over the past several years. It takes eight to 10 years for a tree to reach maturity.

The shipment of artificial trees has been delayed this year due to supply chain issues, including a lack of truck drivers to deliver.

“Some major retailers say they own 43 per cent of their inventory, which should be close to 70 per cent at this time of year,” Jamie Warner, executive director of the American Christmas Tree Association, which represents Christmas tree retailers, told the newspaper.

Sell ​​many artificial Christmas trees in green, purple and white in a fancy store (IStock / iStock)

Costello’s Ace Hardware, which sells artificial trees at 22 locations on Long Island, has increased prices by 25 percent, class manager Andy Pargament told the newspaper. The chain will usually set up Christmas goods in stores by the end of October but is still waiting to ship some artificial trees from China, which will arrive next week, he said.

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