With Christmas just days away, tree sales are wrapping up. But what not everyone realizes is how long it takes for trees like this to grow tall enough to take home and decorate.
Jim Gibson, owner of Timbuk Farms said, “Pretty much about a foot a year, so if you’ve got a 14 foot tree, it’s pretty close to 12 or 14 years old.”
Which means that these trees have withstood years of weather extremes, including this year which is the second wettest on record with nearly 53.5″ of rain so far and counting, and 2011’s nearly 55 inches of rain.
“We will probably notice a little that wet spots where the water laid in the fields more than normal. We may have a small loss in trees, but overall it’s been a good growing season,” Gibson said.
And the weather for the next few months will have a big impact on what trees look like next year, and several years down the road.
“We need good growth in the spring, a dry spring hurts because that’s when all the growth is made for the next year. The trees basically break bud in the end of April, first of May, and then they grow feverishly. until about the end of June. And then they harden off and are done growing for the year. If you have drought years you could see not as much growth,” Gibson said.
Tree sales here at Timbuk Farms have already wrapped up for the year, but they’ll be staying busy the next couple of months making sure that trees like this one are ready to go home with someone by Christmas next year, and working on their next project: getting flowers ready by Mother’s Day.