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SC, NC Tree Growers Ready For Christmas

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Christmas tree sales are starting up now, since Thanksgiving falls so late in the month this year. Christmas tree sales are starting up now, since Thanksgiving falls so late in the month this year.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

Christmas tree grower James Freeman is ready to send off much of what is familiar to him.

“We try to make them look like an ice cream cone upside down,” says Freeman who owns Elves Christmas Tree Farm in Greenville County.

Throughout the year, Freeman must prune, water and carefully exam his lot of 1,000 Christmas trees.

“If you keep it in water once it’s cut, it will be green come January first."

Freeman was referring to the Leyland Cypress which is his favorite type of tree. But at farms just like his across South Carolina, you will find Carolina Sapphire, Blue Ice, White Pine and Deodar Cedar.

Freeman says he charges $6 a foot for his trees.

One of the most popular types of Christmas trees is the Fraser Fir. However, not many farms in the state grow them. Fraser Firs require elevations above 3,000 feet.

Don’t worry though growers have them brought in by the truckload from the mountains of western North Carolina.

If you buy a pre-cut tree, there is a simple test you can do to ensure it is fresh. Take a small branch and curl it around your finger, if it doesn't’t break then it probably good.

Other indicators of freshness are color, fragrance and needle retention. Freeman says if the tree feels light for its size, it could be dried out.

He recommends that once you get your tree home, immediately put it in water. Under the right conditions, a Christmas tree can live for four-to-six weeks.

For more tree care tip or to find a local grower, click here.

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