TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - After the Christmas season, one local business closes its doors...temporarily.
The Apple House in Terre Haute has become a gardening staple for this area.
President and co-owner Tom Cummins says, although they used to stay open through the winter, it's easier to close up shop now.
"When you're heating a big greenhouse, and it's costing five thousand a month to do that, ya know, we ran some numbers and it made economic sense and it was just a good move for us."
But before they close up shop for the season, the holidays are still a big time for them.
"We have a pretty big business in poinsettias, we do cut trees, fresh greens, we get a lot of customers who come in and want to buy gift certificates that they'll give to family members to use, generally for the spring season."
And while temperatures outside are frigid, the few employees are keeping warm inside, preparing for springs arrival.
"Well I mean it's a tremendous amount of work. Right now, we're doing a lot of receiving of what I would call garden décor items. I just unloaded a load of potting soil this morning."
And their busiest time?
Cummins says it starts in April, and can go all the way through June.
"The key time is basically the first of April through the mid part of June, that ten week period in most garden centers is prime opportunity to make a profit."
Which means that even though there may still be snow on the ground, Cummins and his crew are already looking toward the warm weather.
Their official opening date for the spring season will be March 2nd, 2018.