Seed To Harvest
Christmas trees are started by harvesting the cones of genetically superior trees
Harvesting cones from trees that were planted in 1945
Harvested cones are dried and sifted to remove seed.
The ground is conditioned with fertilizer and peat moss. This process is very similar to the preparation of a vegetable garden. The seed is sown in the fall and germinates in the spring.
Current seed beds
The trees remain in the transplant beds for two years.
Current transplant beds
The trees will remain in the field for seven to ten years and are fertilized annually.
Fertilizing eight year old trees.
Each year, every tree is pruned by hand to produce the ideal shape and density.
Shearing with knives.
Harvesting the trees is a very labor intensive process that needs to be completed in a short period of time in order to ensure freshness.
Cutting trees with a chainsaw
Baling Christmas Trees
Loading trees on trucks