Best time to buy a Christmas Tree
We get asked a lot about the best time to buy a Christmas Tree. There are specific reasons why people buy at certain times (religious, overseas visitors, going on holidays etc), but apart from that it's a personal choice. Hopefully some of this information can help the decision.
At the start of the December season the trees in the paddocks look magnificent. There are so many to choose from that cutting them for sale is easy. They also tend to be larger as they are the first trees off the block. As we move into the season there are less trees in the paddock but it does start to get more difficult to get larger trees, and cutting them down is a little more selective.
At the end of the season, near Christmas, we can often run out of trees, and as there are not as many left in the paddocks, they are not always the preferred quality. Sometimes we have cut trees from next year's stock but they are smaller and of course it leaves us less trees for next year.
It takes 4-5 years to grow a Christmas Tree so getting the balance is difficult. We don't want to plant too many because if the trees don't sell, they get too large and have to be cut down and go to waste. Planting is now being done for 2025 season, and we have no idea how droughts, bush fires, heatwaves will affect stock.
So, the best Christmas Trees are at the start of the season, and it's more risky waiting until close to Christmas as the supply, and quality, cannot be guaranteed.