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Christmas Tree

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Question: 863-5012
What is the longest lasting Christmas tree? Josh, Keller,TX

Mort's Answer:
Firs, pines and spruces in that order are the longer lasting trees sold at Christmas time. Californians buy a lot of Nordmann firs and Scotch pines. New Englanders buy a lot of Balsam firs, especially from tree farms. You can use any evergreen from your property, including arborvitae, red cedar and other scented trees. I love red cedars. I have left a Douglas fir up until Valentine's Day to test its longevity. The most important factor is a fresh cut within two hours of erection. Be sure not to shave off the sides of bark at the bottom. This will cut off the fibrovascular tubes that carry the water to the top. Most people take the tree down before New Year's day.

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Question: 881-113
I am retiring in seven years and would like to have a Christmas tree farm. When should I start and how far apart should they be? Jim, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
This spring will give you some six footers when you retire. I would plant my plants three feet apart in rows that are six feet wide. When they are three feet tall, root prune them in the spring or fall. Transplant the following season by pulling out every other tree. Plant Douglas and balsam firs from seedlings this spring to get started. Buy an industrial size rototiller to cultivate in-between the rows. You can remove weeds with a clam rake or a miniature tiller. As you get comfortable with your farming you may want to add a small poly house to start cuttings for future expansion. You may want to add small Blue Spruce for people that will want live trees. I expect this will become more popular as time goes on. I got a small cedar from my son this year.

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Question: 1069-5213
What is the longest lasting Christmas tree? Josh, Keller,TX

Mort's Answer:
Firs, pines and spruces in that order are the longer lasting trees sold at Christmas time. Californians buy a lot of Nordmann firs and Scotch pines. New Englanders buy a lot of Balsam firs, especially from tree farms. You can use any evergreen from your property, including arborvitae, red cedar and other scented trees. I love red cedars. I have left a Douglas fir up until Valentine's Day to test its longevity. The most important factor is a fresh cut within two hours of erection. Be sure not to shave off the sides of bark at the bottom. This will cut off the fibrovascular tubes that carry the water to the top. Most people take the tree down before New Year's day.

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