Christmas trees will probably be more expensive

The drought has not been without consequences for Christmas tree cultures. Many have dried up, in some cases there have been total failures. Still, consumers don’t have to worry about being left without a tree on Christmas Eve.

This dried up fir is in Brandenburg, but about a third of all German Christmas trees come from the Sauerland.

WBecause of the drought in summer, Christmas trees are becoming more expensive, according to the German Forest Protection Association (SDW). At Nordmanntannen one expects a plus of 50 cents to one euro per meter, announced the SDW on Thursday in Bonn. Each meter of Nordmann fir will cost an average of 18 to 24 euros. The SDW spoke of only a slight increase in prices. “Every household will be able to buy a beautiful Christmas tree,” it said.

In the Christmas tree crops, however, the drought was not without consequences. For example, when the three to four-year-old trees were planted, there were partial total failures – especially on the eastern and northern German areas. “In eight years there could be bottlenecks if it is not possible to compensate for the loss through more replanting,” it said.

Only a few weeks ago, however, an expert had expected stable prices. “The producer suffers, the consumers don’t have to worry,” said Eberhard Hennecke, chairman of the department in the North Rhine-Westphalian Horticultural Association.

Around a third of all Christmas trees in Germany come from the Sauerland. As in previous years, around 80 percent of the Nordmann fir will probably be in demand again this time. This will continue to cost between 18 and 23 euros per running meter, according to Hennecke in September.