Christmas tree sellers in the Saint-Louis area are seeing low supply and high demand. “Don’t go artificial,” says one. | Local company
RICHMOND HEIGHTS – As of Monday afternoon, the Garden Heights Nursery had only three small, table-sized Christmas trees in stock.
The Richmond Heights retailer ordered 100 more Christmas trees than usual this year – 550, up from 450. But customers were buying too early and too often to keep them in stock for long.
“We almost always sell full,” said Steve Roesch, nursery buyer and manager of trees and shrubs. “But the past two years have been exceptionally fast.”
Residents across the country, weary of the pandemic, yearning for low-risk outdoor activities, are hitting trees earlier this year, and in greater numbers, say lot owners, patrons and managers of the ‘industry. At the same time, extreme weather conditions and supply chain disruptions have reduced the overall supply of trees this season.
Buyers should expect less choice and higher costs – up to 30% more – for real and artificial trees this Christmas, industry officials said.
“It’s a double whammy – weather and supply chain issues are really hampering the industry,” said Jami Warner, executive director of the American Christmas Tree Association, an industry trade group. “Producers have been hit hard by floods, fires, smoke, drought and extreme weather conditions. “