Ag Commissioner Staples on Texas-Grown Christmas Trees

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Ag Commissioner Staples on Texas-Grown Christmas Trees

Published on December 04, 2013 by Larry Crippen

If you haven’t purchased your tree for Christmas yet, consider buying trees grown in Texas.

Texas Ag Commissioner Todd Staples says, “There are approximately 150 Christmas tree farms across the state that produce 200,000 trees each year.” Buying a tree grown here helps the Texas economy . . . .

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Commissioner Staples says, “Two common varieties grown in Texas are the Afghan and the Virginia Pine.”

Staples says the tree you take home will continue to need water. He recommends making “a fresh cut one-quarter inch or more above the original cut. This helps remove the sap seal and allows your tree to absorb water. Fresh cut trees can absorb up to a gallon of water in a day.”

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