Christmas tree farming is a major agricultural industry in Virginia with more than a million trees harvested and sold annually from hundreds of farms throughout the state. Virginia growers offer a wide selection of trees in a wide range of sizes. Consumers may choose and cut their own tree or purchase a freshly cut or live tree. Virginia ís Christmas tree industry is a participant in the Virginiaís Finest trademark program. Growers whose trees meet standards set by the industry and approved by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) may apply to use the trademark. Look for Virginia ís Finest trees this holiday season.
For further information about this guide, contact: VDACS Division of Marketing, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218, 804.786.3935.
Sign up now to list your farm in the 2012 Christmas Tree Guide. The popular Christmas Tree guide is distributed throughout the Commonwealth to help consumers choose and cut the freshest Virginia Grown Christmas Trees.
As soon as you get your tree home, make a fresh straight 1/4-inch cut across the base of the trunk. Place your tree in a bucket or tree stand containing water. Donít let the base of the tree dry out or a new sap seal will form and a new cut will be necessary. Keep your stand full of water. A Christmas tree may absorb a gallon of water in the first 24 hours it is up and several quarts a day thereafter.
Christmas trees like to be cool and out of drafts, so donít put them near a fireplace, heat source, or TV set.
Be sure that the light cords and connections you use are in good working order before hanging them to ensure a safe and joyous holiday season. Donít forget to unplug lights when you go to bed or leave home.
Virginia's Christmas tree industry is a participant in the Virginia's Finest trademark program. Growers whose trees meet standards set by the industry and approved by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services may apply to use the trademark. Look for Virginia's Finest trees this holiday season (participating growers are noted).
Members of the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association are indicated by a "VCTGA" at the end of their listing.
The Virginia Christmas Tree Guide is published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in cooperation with Virginia Christmas tree growers.
The Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association is an organization of hard working farmers dedicated to providing the highest quality Christmas trees. Through workshops and an annual conference, VCTGA members interact with the Cooperative Extension Service, the Department of Forestry, and university researchers to stay abreast of trends in the industry and refine their production and harvesting skills to ensure healthy, fresh and beautifully shaped Christmas trees.