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Christmas tree shortage may cause price hike

Christmas tree lot owners are telling customers to get their trees early this year because there's a national shortage. And, the low supplies may affect your wallet.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2017 7:18 PM

TERRE HAUTE (WTHI)- Christmas tree lot owners are telling customers to get their trees early this year because there's a national shortage. And, the low supplies may affect your wallet.

Tree sellers around the country are hiking up prices on spruces and firs due to a shortage with roots in the recession of 2008, when the demand for trees was down so much growers didn't have space to replant new ones. 

 

 

It takes almost ten years to grow a Christmas tree. And, now nearly a decade later people are feeling the affects.

Experts say the recent wildfires out west and droughts have also affected the spike.

Ryan Cummins, co-owner of The Apple House, says it's all because not enough trees were planted years ago that is causing a shortage this holiday season.

But, Cummin's says his locally operated business won't be feeling the national shortage this year.

"We are still able to supply the products that our customers are looking for," Cummins said.

He says you can expect to see at least $5 to $10 more for a tree this year. But, prices have remained the same at his business. 

"Our prices haven't changed," Cummins said. "The larger trees only went up a few dollars, but everything else has remained the same."

Cummin's says this shortage could last up to a few years before production can catch up and everyone can expect to pay less.

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