The 2013 Christmas Tree season was interesting. We cut less than the usual quantity of wild silver-tips because the early snow turned to solid ice on the mountain roads and we could not make it back after our first trip. We went out with our lists of pre-orders and special orders for 14, 16 & 20'ers and made sure we had them. We had our oregon grower cut more "classic" (open) Noble fir ad those were VERY popular (they look like very dense and dark-green silvertips). I'm a convert from my beloved silvertips. I took the lights off of mine yesterday and the tree lost - maybe - a half-cup of needles. We had plenty of beautiful #1, A-Grade dense Noble Fir as well.
We sold a few trees, as usual, before the 18-19th of Dec and then people arrived. We had over 75 pre-orders this year and those were tagged in the shade of the shop. The Boy-Scouts and the Optimists were sold-out by the 20th and we were almost out on the 21st. Reno was sold-out as well. I went to our friends who have properties in the Sierra Buttes and we brought-in another truck-load of beautiful silvertips just in time on the 22nd but we were out by 1pm. So we brought in more on the 23rd and they were gone by noon. We LOVE having trees for last-minute arrivals but we had to turn away a lot of families.
We had a nice supply of various sizes of live Blue Spruce and a few people picked-up those. We only had one returned for donation to the Truckee Cemetery in spring. You can see some of the donated trees screening the freeway side of the Truckee Cemetery when driving by.
Posted on Sun, December 29, 2013
by Eric Larusson