The price of all field trees over 6 feet is $53 (tax included).
Tree Species: Customer preference and local growing conditions determine the tree species grown. We have tried more than a dozen species and now grow the following (plus some specialty trees such as concolor fir):
long, soft needle; excellent retention.
short needle, stiff but not sharp; fragrant; excellent retention.
intermediate needle length, soft; excellent retention.
stiff, formal tree; decorates well; sharp needle; best retention of the spruces.
short needles, not as prickly as blue spruce; needle retention not as good as other species.
Tree Farming: Growing Christmas trees is much like growing other crops except that the cycle from sowing seed to tree harvest is longer, usually 8 to 12 years. We buy 2-year old seedlings that are typically 6 to 12 inches tall. These are planted close together in transplant beds to grow for 2 more years, where they are mulched, fertilized and watered. The husky transplants, usually 10 to 20 inches tall, are then planted in the field. Weeds around the base of the trees are controlled by herbicides, aisles are mowed, and, once the trees are waist high, they are pruned annually. As with all plants, insect and disease problems are a continuing threat, so spraying of the affected trees is done when necessary.