Status: 10.12.2023, 12:10 p.m.
By: Anne Hund
The weather was kind to the coniferous green. Nevertheless, specimens from domestic cultivation will be more expensive in some cases than in the previous year - this is what the industry association assumes.
Christmas Eve is slowly approaching. However, there is less good news from the Christmas tree producers: Christmas trees from domestic cultivation will probably have to dig a little deeper into their pockets this year. According to producers, higher wages and increased transport costs are making the coniferous greenery somewhat more expensive compared to the previous year. This is the assumption of the Federal Association of Christmas Tree and Greenery Producers. The price range for Nordmann firs is probably 21 to 29 euros per linear meter, in 2022 the meter cost a good euro less at its peak.
Nordmann firs, for example, are popular as a Christmas tree. (Symbolic image) © Julian Stratenschulte/dpa
Compare prices when buying a Christmas tree
However, the price is only a recommendation. In principle, each company can decide for itself what price it wants to charge for the running meter. So a price comparison can be worthwhile. For city dwellers, who may pay more in comparison, shopping in the surrounding area, for example, could also be worthwhile.
Buying a Christmas tree – which type of tree would you like?
However, it is not only the price that plays a role when buying a Christmas tree, but also, for example, the dimensions and the tree species. According to the German Forest Protection Association, around 90 percent of Christmas trees come from Germany. About five percent of the trees sold are taken directly from the forest as part of forest management, mostly spruce, silver fir and pine.
Christmas trees from the region – short transport routes
Quality has its price. The German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), for example, recommends the "purchase of native spruce, pine or fir trees that grow on so-called special areas under power lines or on power lines," as it says on its homepage. "The areas are part of the regional forestry companies and if you are interested, you can simply ask the forester or forestry office." The short transport route also has a positive effect on the ecological balance of the trees, according to NABU, which also generally points out campaigns in which you can choose the tree yourself.
Freshly cut Christmas trees – what distinguishes the trees?
Whether organic or conventional: Experience has shown that freshly cut Christmas trees from the region can be enjoyed for as long as possible. According to experts, the fact that a tree has only recently been felled can be recognized by the bright cut surface. According to an earlier report by the German Press Agency (dpa), the Working Group of German Forest Owners' Associations also advised to pay attention to evenly colored and bright green needles that do not have brown tips. They should fit tightly even if you move them against the grain.
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Christmas tree buying: When is the right time?
Logically, the later the Christmas tree was cut down and the shorter it has to be stored, the longer it usually lasts. After purchase, the Christmas tree should ideally be stored in the net in a place protected from the sun and wind in the garage or outdoors - and not in the warm apartment. If, on the other hand, you have to resort to your home as a storage place for the tree, it is better to delay the purchase a little, because heating air causes the tree to dry out faster. According to the earlier dpa report, the Bavarian Christmas tree growers advised to take the tree out of the net one day before decorating and put it in its place. More tips on how to keep the Christmas tree fresh at home for as long as possible.
Since the tree demand for the festival cannot be fully covered by local suppliers, millions of trees are imported every year. In 2021, this amounted to around 2.4 million Christmas trees - 13 percent more than in 2020, the Federal Statistical Office announced. About 1.9 million came from Denmark, it was said.
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Even if Christmas Eve is still a little way off, some bargain hunters are already looking for gifts. Meanwhile, one of the best Christmas presents lands directly in the account of many employees: the Christmas bonus from the employer, which is usually transferred at the end of November or beginning of December with the November salary. (With material from dpa)