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Posted on November 22nd, 2022 in Christmas Trees, Forestry, How To | 3 Comments »

Christmas tree farm with snow on evergreens.A real Christmas tree is an important part of a holiday celebration for many Hoosier households. Consumers have several choices for purchasing a real tree, including pre-cut trees at retail outlets or seasonal sales locations, choose-and-cut trees at Christmas tree farms, or even live trees that can be replanted after the holidays. Purdue Extension offers two publications that can help you select and care for your tree: Tips for First-Time Buyers of Christmas Trees provides advice and direction on how to set up and care for your tree to improve safety and enjoyment. Selecting an Indiana-Grown Christmas Tree provides details on the characteristics of different species of real Christmas trees available in Indiana, as well as care instructions for cut and live Christmas trees.

Pre-cut real Christmas trees are available at many retail outlets like garden centers, supermarkets, or seasonal sales locations. If you are looking for local choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms you can consult local media and advertising outlets or the Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association. Some garden centers and Christmas tree farms may also offer live trees for sale.

If you are considering growing your own Christmas trees for personal use or sale, the Extension publications Growing Christmas Trees and A Choose-and-Cut Pine and Fir Christmas Tree Case Study outline economic and management considerations for growing Christmas trees.

Check out the recorded Facebook LIVE for Ask an Expert: Holidays in the Woods as the experts answer questions regarding Christmas trees along with wildlife you may see while you walk in the woods this winter.

A Choose-and-Cut Pine and Fir Christmas Tree Case Study, The Education Store, Purdue Extension’s resource center
Living Christmas Trees For The Holidays and Beyond, The Education Store
Tips for First-Time Buyers of Real Christmas Trees, The Education Store
Growing Christmas Trees, The Education Store
Selecting an Indiana-Grown Christmas Tree, The Education Store
Forest/Timber Playlist, subscribe to Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources YouTube Channel

Lenny Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist
Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center
Purdue Department of Forestry & Natural Resources

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3 thoughts on “Selecting a Real Christmas Tree

  1. evans44 says:

    Thank you for your comment and for sharing our resources! We will continue to post new and current resources and if you have any questions or topics you would like our experts to answer please feel free to use our online form “Ask An Expert”. Thank you again!

  2. Maureen Riley Moriarty says:

    We bought a live potted Blus spruce and it was thriving with new growth. Put it outside in May and then planted it but the new growth had browned and it is not looking good. Any tips to reguvinate my baby blue?

    1. Diana J Evans says:

      Our Purdue Pest and Plant Diagnostic Lab (PPDL) is a great resource to find what may be happening which helps as you decide what is best for you and your tree, Check out these articles from the Purdue Landscape Report which have many of the same experts in PPDL, Needlecast in Colorado Blue Spruce and Blue Spruce Update, – place in search Blue Spruce. The best way to find out what may be happening to your blue spruce and to have a management plan set up is to contact a Certified Arborist, We wish you welll as you seek best management practices for your tree.

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