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Will the North Florida Drought Affect Christmas Tree Growers?

Posted: 9:20 PM, Nov 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-17 17:18:03-05
Havana Christmas Tree Farm B

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A stretch of dry weather in North Florida has impacted all kinds of farmers, including those who plant Christmas trees.

With Christmas coming up, getting a Christmas tree is probably on your mind, but with the drought, what's going to happen to the trees that are being grown right now for you to come pick up?

We are here at the Havana Christmas tree farm. We're joined by Linda Sellers, who owns the farm with her husband.

Let's talk about how this drought in particular is affecting not only the crops, but your farm in general.

Sellers said, "We really need some rain. The trees, once they take root, once they plant them, they're okay, but planting this year has been difficult. Leyland Cypress, we tried to use the one-gallon pots to plant those, but we had to replace. We planted a field of a thousand. We've had to replace a hundred due to the drought."

For people who are getting their trees early, with the drought, what's important for them to know to make sure their trees are watered?

"Absolutely need to put it in warm water to start with and keep it watered. Keep it watered every day. Make sure that tree has a lot of water in it, because it will drink lots and lots of water," said Sellers.

You'll still be able to get your tree, and you can get it as early as now.