CT Christmas tree businesses not impacted by nationwide shortage

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There have been reports around the country of Christmas tree shortages and price increases stemming from the Great Recession that put some growers out of business or caused them to plant less trees.

Here in Connecticut, Richard Jaynes, owner of Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden which is in its 72nd year of growing, doesn’t believe Connecticut has been affected.

“No, we haven’t changed our planting plans at all,” he said.

However, what does impact Connecticut is the demand versus land.

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“The problem with Connecticut growers, they have a difficult time supplying enough trees for the resident population. We just don’t have enough growers or enough land dedicated to Christmas trees,” he explained. 

It’s a business that has been around for hundreds of years, but Jaynes explained that it’s not an easy one to start.

“Connecticut, I don’t care where you are, it’s expensive to buy 25 acres of land,” he said.

However, one thing has always remained the same.

“People looking for a Christmas tree are a great group to deal with. They’re happy, having a good time… And we hope they get a nice tree, of course,” he stated.

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