Would you like to earn $10,000 to $20,000 profit every December? You can do it by operating your own Christmas Tree Lot in your area. Even in a bad economy, people shell out big money during the Christmas Season. You would be surprised how many families buy $200 Christmas Trees every season.
The National Christmas Tree Association records show that millions of U.S. families plan their Christmas traditions around a real Christmas tree. That means that a lot of real trees will be sold this year starting around the end of November. 24 percent of consumers will buy their trees from a Christmas Tree Farm, while 68 percent will buy their tree from a retail lot. The remaining small number of consumers buy their trees over the internet.
If you don’t mind hard work, you can earn your share of the profits in this industry. You will be extremely busy during the month of December, but you can profit up to $20,000 from one Christmas Tree Lot. Some Christmas Tree Lot owners started with one lot and have grown their business to 10 or 20 lots. Some of these people currently profit over $300,000 a year even though they have only been in business less than five years.
If you don’t know what type of tree to sell, here is some information that can help you.
The most popular Christmas Tree is the Fraser Fir. It is a native southern fir and very similar to Balsam fir. It grows naturally at elevations above 5,000 feet. This tree has dark green needles, 1/2 to 1 inch long and ships well. The tree has excellent needle retention along with a nice smell.
The second most popular is the Douglas Fir. Unlike true firs the cones on Douglas fir hang downward. Douglas fir grows cone-shaped naturally, has 1 to 1-1/2 inch needles that are persistent and has a sweet scent. The Douglas fir tree is shipped to nearly every tree lot in the Unites States.
The Balsam fir is a beautiful pyramidal tree with short, flat, long-lasting, aromatic needles. The Balsam fir has to have cold winters and cool summers. Balsam fir has a nice, dark green color and is very fragrant.
The Colorado Blue Spruce is most familiar to people as an ornamental landscape tree. The tree has dark green to powdery blue needles, 1 to 3 inches long and a pyramidal form. The Colorado blue spruce is often sold “living” and with an entire root ball, so it can be planted after the holidays. The spruce was chosen and planted as the official living White House Lawn Christmas tree. The young tree is pleasingly symmetrical, is best among species for needle retention.
The Scotch Pine is the most planted commercial Christmas tree in North America. However, it is not the most popular. Scotch pine tree has stiff branches, two bundled dark green needles 1 to 3 inches long that are retained for four weeks. The aroma is long-lasting and lingers through the entire season. Scotch pine does not drop needles when dry which is a nice characteristic.
The Eastern red cedar is mainly a regional favorite and has been a traditional Christmas tree of the South. Branches of eastern red cedar are light but compact and forms a pyramidal crown when it is young.
White spruce is a tree of the northeast US and Canada. It is a regional favorite because it grows into the best shapes in the wild. White spruce has green to bluish green needles but crushed needles have an unpleasant odor. Another problem with the spruce is it has poor needle retention.
Eastern White Pine is grown mostly in the mid-Atlantic states for commercial Christmas trees. It retains needles throughout the holiday season but has little or no fragrance and not a good tree for heavy ornaments. This tree is bought by people who suffer from allergic reactions to more fragrant trees. The White pine is the largest pine in United States
The White fir is one of the longest-needled firs and is a significant portion of the Christmas trees used in California. The fir has a good shape with a nice aroma and good needle retention.
The Virginia pine has only recently been used as a Christmas tree. It tolerates warm temperatures and has been developed as an alternative to the Scotch pine. The foliage is usually dark green. Virginia pine is one of the most purchased Christmas trees in the Southeastern United States.
The Noble fir is also sometimes used. It has upturned needles, exposing the lower branches. The tree is high in beauty, has a long cut life and its stiff branches for using heavy ornaments.
To be successful, you will need to planning for your Christmas Tree Lot in Late summer, or fall.
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