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Christmas Trees Growth on The Rise in Texas

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You can purchase trees grown from Oregon or North Carolina but you can also buy them local farms like this one in Luling. The idea of growing Christmas trees came from farmers looking to make some extra cash. "Many of the rice growers were looking for alternatives in the Beaumont Orange area. They looked at this as a good chance to get some extra income in place of other crops," said Arbrameit.

Trees like Virginia Pine are only suitable to Texas because of the soil and warm weather. "Acid soils grows the best for Virginia Pines which is primarily low pH soils," said Abrameit.

Arbrameit told me Texas should not be affected from the national shortage of trees but recommends buying now. "I don't think we will see much of a difference from what it has been in the past years. There will be more demand because there are less trees being available.," said Abrameit.

As the Christmas tree business continues to grow into the crossroads, anyone that is interested should know their soil type before planting.
"If you have sandy soils or low pH soils, you should consider growing Virginia Pines. If you have Black Land clay, you might want to consider some of the Cypress or Afghan Pines," said Abrameit. 

The Christmas farm will be open this weekend from 10 am to 5 pm. The farm is located just off Highway 183 near the Buc-ee's in Luling. 

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