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Christmas tree prices at all-time high, rising costs for growers to blame

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According to the National Christmas Tree Association, the cost for a tree was $69.50 in 2021. Local retailers say the average cost for a tree could be up to $100.

Valerie Graham is the executive director for the Ohio Christmas Tree Association. She said the costs for growers in Ohio, driven by overall inflation, are up even more over several years.

“You're seeing an increase in fertilizer prices," Graham said. “They used to be maybe 100, 150 a ton. Fertilizer costs today are up to $1,000 a ton.”

These expenses and increased costs are passed on to the customers. As a result, Graham said that there might be higher prices at Christmas tree farms this year.

Wholesale Christmas tree growers said because of high operating costs, they will charge retailers 5% to 15% more this year.

These issues are hitting farmers nationwide. So Ohio growers can’t get extra trees from out of state to meet the high demand.

Graham said that prices may vary depending on location, and growers tend to adjust prices based on the economy of the area. Customers close to cities like Dayton, Columbus or Cincinnati, might see higher prices for their trees.

Ngozi Cole is the Business and Economics Reporter for WYSO. She graduated with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York and is a 2022 Pulitzer Center Post-Graduate Reporting Fellow. Ngozi is from Freetown, Sierra Leone.