What January and February are really good for is for gaining knowledge–sharpening your most important tool, your mind. I encourage you to take a leap beyond gathering information from the internet.
Last week I wrote about poinsettias, and the question came up about where you should buy your fresh cut Christmas trees this year. As I have been saying, go support your local Independent Garden Center. At an IGC, we really take care of your tree from the time it is actually cut, till you get it to your home. This is the week that most garden centers’ trees begin arriving.
What happens after they are taken out of the tractor-trailers is so essential. At Behnke’s–and I know the same holds true for other garden centers–we would ALWAY put them in a shady area till they were ready for display. We also would drench them with water every day, especially on hot sunny November days.
Once you pick out your tree, the most important thing you can do is make sure the garden center gives you a fresh cut, and then once you get it home, put it in a bucket of water. Don’t Delay. Keep filling that bucket every day till you bring your tree inside and then KEEP the tree stand full. At this point, you might be thinking, “Oh well, Behnke’s is gone I might as well get my tree this year at a box store.” Gasp! Ummm, Noooo! Please do not do that. Besides supporting a local business, you know when you shop at an IGC, you’re getting a tree that has not been stressed out or cut months ago.
Here is an article Larry Hurley wrote last November with more details on your fresh cut Christmas Tree and its care.
Back to where you should go to pick out your tree. I know if you’re local to the Beltsville area, you can check out Spicknall’s Farm Market on Old Gunpowder Road. They typically have a good choice. Debbie at Meadow Farms Nurseries also told me that they get in a great selection of fresh-cut trees each year. You might want to check out the garden centers early to pick the one you want.
Today I talked to our supplier of Christmas Trees for the past few years, Andy Payne of Payne Landscaping in Elkridge. I have known Andy for over 30 years, and the one thing he loves is Christmas Trees. He told me he has opened up for retail in Elkridge with a Christmas Shop! More on that after I go visit this week.
All of Andy’s trees are being cut this week. Not last month! They will be arriving this Sunday, which means these are the freshest trees you can get without doing “cut your own.” Andy also supplied us with most of our wreaths and other greens. Elkridge is really not that far from Behnke’s. Just go down US 1 a few miles, and you’re there. Check him out on his facebook page. And if you stop in, tell him Behnke’s said hello!
Payne Christmas Trees is a full-service supplier of all your Christmas decorating needs. They carry the finest selection of Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine, White Pine, and Concolor Fir. Also, they carry a large selection of Christmas tree accessories and greenery (wreaths, roping, swags, and more).
by Stephanie Fleming, Beyond Behnke’s