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‘Lack of supply out there’: High demand for Christmas trees in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic

BC’s Christmas tree farms are facing a dual problem of global supply chain troubles and natural disasters caused by the climate crisis, and that means this year Traditional holiday decorations can be harder to find.

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Oh Christmas Tree Farm opened in Langley on Saturday and there’s no shortage of customers looking for premium fir trees.


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Farmer Richard Davies said: “It takes 10 years to grow a good Christmas tree.

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“We’re getting a combination of supply chain issues and more people and fewer farms growing crops, so there’s a supply shortage there.”

Christmas tree sales boomed last season as Canadians tried to lift holiday spirits during the pandemic.

Due to the incredible demand, Oh Christmas Tree Farm sold out by the end of November 2020 – when Davies usually sells out in mid-December.

This year, he is also expected to clear his inventory by the end of the month.


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Davies told Global News: “We open early as per demand and we will close soon.

Even IKEA won’t be selling real trees in stores in Canada this holiday season.

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Associate Professor Feyza Sahinyazan of SFU Beedie School of Business believes that some trees were harvested early and sold in 2020 to meet demand during the first year of COVID-19, which could contribute to the shortage. this year.

But like almost every global commodity, Sahinyazan said pandemic-related supply chain disruptions include blocked ports, container and labor shortages – combined with extreme weather events. – is driving a shortage of Christmas trees.

“Anything that’s happened in the last 10 years has really had a cumulative impact on the Christmas tree supply,” Sahinyazan told Global News.

“So if there was a heatwave in 2015, it is still affecting supply today.”

Retail strategist David Ian Gray said this past summer’s heat dome and wildfires have impacted the growing season in the Pacific Northwest.


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Artificial plants could be an alternative, but Gray said some orders are being canceled due to product expiration dates.

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“Retailers fear they might get a late shipment and then be stuck with the trees for a year,” says Gray.

Delivery problems for both fake and live trees, he said, were also caused by recent floods and landslides that damaged a major transport network across BC.

Gray told Global News: “They will be fixed but like a car accident on Highway 1, you clear the car but it takes a long time before the traffic returns to normal.

Local gardeners recommend buying fresh cut plants early and caring for them at home.

“Put it in water and it’ll last until New Year’s Eve,” says Davies.


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