Popular Hopkins-Area Christmas Tree Stand Opens; Crop Survived Drought

Updated: 11/18/2012 9:05 PM KSTP.com By: Chris Egert

 

B & J Trees is setting up shop at Knollwood Mall this weekend, getting ready for their first day of Christmas tree sales on Black Friday.  And manager Bob Jorgensen says this year's crop is "excellent."

Jorgensen, who was out of breath from unloading trees at the company's 5 Twin Cities area lots this weekend took a few minutes to talk to us about how the drought has impacted the Clear Lake tree farm.

He says overall, "the drought effects the little trees."

Trees in the last 2 to 3 years have needed irrigation to keep their root systems strong in the drought conditions seen in Minnesota.

But Jorgensen says the "root systems were excellent" on the older trees that they use for Christmas trees.  Those trees range in age from 7 to 12 years old, depending on size.

He says the prices will remain the same this year, and will not be effected by the drought, and you should expect to pay between $10 and $80 dollars for a tree this year, just the same as last year.