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Christmas Tree Farmers Prep Trees for Holiday Season
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“Christmas trees are like any other crop,” said Jill O’Donnell, MSU senior Extension educator who works closely with Christmas tree growers. “They require management and care to grow properly. Michigan tree growers are among the best when it comes to managing nutrients to ensure customers get the best bang for their buck.”


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Christmas Tree Farmers Prep Trees for Holiday Season


When consumers pay upwards of $70 for a Christmas tree, they expect perfection. And Christmas tree growers begin working towards perfection long before the holiday season begins.

“We encourage growers to examine their trees in the fall when nutrient concentrations are relatively stable,” said Pascal Nzokou, Michigan State University Extension specialist and assistant professor of forestry at MSU. “In fact, fall is the best time to foliage (needle) and soil sample test to ensure trees are getting all the nutrients they need.”

Nzokou said samples taken this fall can help growers decide what nutrients they need to add to the soil next spring. He encourages growers to learn more by visiting news.msue.msu.edu and searching for articles that specifically address Christmas trees.

“There is almost an immediate turn around when trees are fertilized early,” Nzokou said. “Reduced growth, discoloration and dropped needles are all side effects of poor nutrition, but they can be quickly fixed for next year with proper feeding.” And everybody wants a well-fed tree decorating their home during the holidays.

“Christmas trees are like any other crop,” said Jill O’Donnell, MSU senior Extension educator who works closely with Christmas tree growers. “They require management and care to grow properly. Michigan tree growers are among the best when it comes to managing nutrients to ensure customers get the best bang for their buck.”

For more information on Christmas tree production, visit Michigan State University Extension News. This online resource features helpful articles about various topics submitted by MSU Extension experts throughout the state. Find MSU Extension News at http://news.msue.msu.edu/.