Indiana ranks 11th in the nation with 200 tree farms producing almost 200,000 real Christmas trees per year
It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree 6 to 7 feet tall, or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7 years. Most Christmas trees are grown on farms utilizing soil that doesn’t support other crops. For every Real Christmas tree harvested 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the next spring.
Real Trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead, cadmium and organo-tins.
Growing Christmas trees is very labor intensive. The trees are shaped by annual pruning every year. This process is called shearing. The grower controls the growth of the tree through shearing to produce a bushy appearance and conical shape.