Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Pine trees are not traditional around here. Most people want a fir or a
spruce for Christmas. A pine is more open. This is an advantage:
- It holds more ornaments, although you have to extend the hooks with threads
to really use the space well.
- It doesn't block all the light in the window during the day.
- It has a different scent from either fir or spruce.
Want to cut your own Christmas tree? We have a small supply of Scots
pine suitable for Christmas trees. We also have a number of
Colorado spruce that would make a nice tree for a condo or table top.
Prices for trees are $8 per foot. Cash or cheque. No plastic.
Hours and appointments
We are open the first three weekends in December for Christmas trees.
Plan to arrive between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Days are short!)
Please make an appointment. This is our first year doing this, so
I like to take families out individually.
Frankly, blue spruce is a slow tree to grow for Christmas. Still, if it's gotta be a blue spruce I have a few. This is one of my worst ones, but one of the few I have that are over 5 feet. If a smaller tree will suit, we can find one that is a bit bushier than this.
If you can, bring your own tools. You will need a bush saw or a handsaw.
(No chainsaws) You may want a sled to carry the tree if we have snow.
Christmas trees tend to have pitch on them. Bring mittens or gloves, and wear
a jacket that you don't care about. I can loan you a saw and a sled.
If there is snow, you are welcome to use my sliding hill. It's about
equivalent to the bunny slope at a ski hill but it is not groomed.
Use at your own risk.
Time permitting, you can walk in our woods, explore the beginnings of our
Christmas Tree maze. (Right now just trails mowed in the grass with 1 foot
trees on one side of some trails.) If you will be needing trees for
your acreage, we can start talking about that.
We have live trees. They are smaller than a conventional tree --
typically 2-4 feet. Bring the tree in it's pot inside. Spray with an
anti-desicant such as 'Wilt Pruf' or 'Cloud Cover'. Available at garden
stores as a spray.
Keep tree in coolest part of the room away from heating registers.
You don't need a blast of hot air drying out your tree. Check to roots
daily for drying out. You want them damp, but not soggy.
If it's only been inside for a week you can put it back outside. Let it
acclimate in the garage for a few days, then lay it down and bury in
snow on the north side of the house.
When the snow melts in spring, plant it.
If it is inside too long, it will think it's spring and will start
growing. You can tell because the buds will start to swell. At this
point you are better off to keep it as a house plant until spring.
Keep it in a south facing window, and keep the roots moist but not soggy.
In spring, plant it, but after planting, monitor it carefully to keep
it moist. You're planting it in the middle of it's growing season,
so it's water demand will be higher than for a typical spring planted
tree that is just coming out of dormancy.
This is a working farm, not a city park. There are numerous small hazards.
- The pond is only partially frozen over and is not fenced.
- The ground is irregular. There are sticks, stumps, vines, twine, rocks, badger holes, coyote dens, gopher mounds.
- There is wildlife: Moose (vistors), meadow mice, rabbits, a ton of
birds. In addition I have dogs and cats. The animals are not toilet
trained. Meadow miceare in a population surge this year. As far as I know
they don't carry hanta virus. That's deer mice, which are less common.
- Lots of plants have pointy bits that hurt. (Raspberries, dried thistles, wild roses)
- One dog is old, half deaf, and doesn't like to be startled.
She's only snapped at one person. The other is quite young and
- There is a gas lease road and not all the gas company
truck drivers pay as much attention as they should.
- Sometimes tools are left out.
If you have kids that listen to you and ask permission, it's great.
If not, then have them on leash. The biggest hazard is the pond.
Everything else is either improbable or amounts to scrapes and bruises.
No one has ever gotten hurt visiting my farm. But I did get one call
from someone who expected us to be as safe as Edmonton City Parks.
We do NOT wholesale Christmas Trees.
My intent is to provide an old fashioned experience. My trees are not competative with commercial christmas tree growers working in milder climates.
Wholesale discounts do NOT apply to trees. Buy one, buy 10. Same price per foot of tree.