Buy Christmas trees early amid high demand, advises McLean garden store

Residents of Fairfax County looking for a new Christmas tree should still be able to find an evergreen tree for the holidays – for now.

Four seasons flower market (6808 Elm Street) in McLean is just one of the local vendors where people can get holiday trees. His land had been filled with trees since yesterday (Tuesday), but a worker expected them to be sold by mid-December.

Vendors across the country say interest in living trees was high on another Christmas amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Anyone who wants one over this vacation should plan to purchase one very soon,” Michael Wallace, communications director for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said in an email.

The national association of Christmas trees reported As tree buyers tended to be younger than usual last year, urban areas saw an increase in buying and sales occurred earlier than usual.

While news organizations reported a tree shortage, suggesting supply chain issues are at stake, a horticultural expert calls an unlikely “Christmas tree apocalypse”.

“Unlike toilet paper in the spring of 2020, real Christmas trees won’t go away,” Bert Cregg, professor of horticulture at Michigan State University. wrote.

The total number of cut Christmas trees has increased from 17.4 million in 2007 less than 15.1 million in 2017, according to Census of Agriculture data, which was last published in 2019. The US Department of Agriculture survey attributes the decline to fewer operating farms, with less acreage overall devoted to growing Christmas trees .

Industry statistics indicate that sales of artificial trees have increased in recent years, creating competition.

Beyond Four Seasons, the Tysons area and Fairfax County in general have several possibilities for the purchase of Christmas trees, including Merrifield Garden Center, DePaul’s Urban Farm in Vienna, and Prairie Farms, which has a nursery at Seven Corners.

Opening of the Grand Vienne Optimist Club a lot of trees at Giant Foods Mall on Maple Avenue on Saturday (November 27) and Trinity United Methodist Church (1205 Dolley Madison Blvd.) in McLean will use proceeds from his tree sales to support its scouts and youth programs.