Christmas Trees: Charting the tree’s journey from farm-to-front room

Christmas trees are a household centrepiece over a short-time during the festive period, yet for Christmas tree farmers it’s a year round process for growing the holiday pines, firs and spruces.

Around 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms, while only 2% are cut from the wild. Even though a huge number of trees are cut down for the use during the festive holidays, Christmas tree farms plant more trees each year than they cut down. To ensure enough trees for harvest, growers plant one to three seedlings for every tree harvested.

There is always a constant cycle of Christmas trees in place, all at various life stages, which in-and-of itself is beneficial to the environment as the trees remove carbon from the atmosphere.

Each species of trees has its own distinct soil and water needs, and some grow more quickly than others. Almost all trees require shearing to attain the Christmas tree shape. At six to seven feet, trees are ready for harvest.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, it can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of typical height (6-7 feet) or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7 years.

Check out the video below which shows the process of growing Christmas trees.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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