Drought not hurting Christmas tree crop
New England Christmas- tree growers say the region’s drought is having only minor effects on their crop.
The losses were confined mostly to seedlings planted in the spring, said Jim Horst, executive director of the New Hampshire-Vermont Christmas Tree Association. Unlike mature trees, those planted this year do not have established root systems, experts said.
Horst, who farms in Bennington, Vt., says he plants 6,000-7,000 trees a year and normally loses 1 or 2 percent of them, but lost 10 to 15 percent this year due to dry conditions.