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Warm Greetings From the President

Greetings from the Ohio Christmas Tree Association! The summer is upon us and our thoughts in the Christmas tree business turn to the shearing/pruning/shaping of the trees. It is one of the most labor intensive times in the yearly cycle to produce a tree.

To give our loyal customers some idea what it takes to produce that perfect tree, on average it takes 1 to 3 minutes per tree to shear (i.e.: shape the tree). In this process we cut doubles out (anyone trying to take over the leadership position at the top of the tree) and many times straighten the terminal leader. Thus we maintain a straight tree with only one main leader (where your star or angel goes). The lateral leaders are trimmed back to help the tree maintain shape. The remainder of the tree is sheared back to help with the shape and density of the foliage.

This past winter was very cold and it was tough to work outside. The planting season in the spring was slightly delayed but things went well once we got started. The rains have been adequate in some places, more than adequate in others. In my area in the central part of the state there are still soybeans to be planted as I write this at the beginning of July.

For those of you attending the Ohio State Fair (July 23rd – August 3rd) be sure to stop and visit our interactive display in the Horticulture Building. There you can learn more about Operation Evergreen (sending Christmas trees to our troops overseas), visit the display to see a variety of Christmas trees grown in Ohio and vote for your favorite, learn how trees are graded and what it takes to be voted the official White House Christmas tree.

I hope to have provided you with some insight to what it takes to produce a quality Christmas tree. Thank you for your support of the Ohio Christmas tree industry.

Bill Cackler

President

Ohio Christmas Tree Association

Welcome to OCTA Online

Welcome to the new Ohio Christmas Tree Association website! We’re glad you stopped by. Whether you’re looking for a farm to make a part of your family Christmas tradition, or trying to learn about the various species of tree sold at nearby farms, or if you’re looking for the reliable information on how to care for your fresh Christmas tree, you’ve come to the right place.

Finding a Farm

Choosing and cutting your own Christmas tree Is a great family holiday tradition. If you’re looking for the nearest tree farm to start that tradition in your family, or you just need to check the hours and prices at your favorite farm, check out our Farm Finder page.

Are you a farm or business looking to purchase wholesale trees or other Christmas retail supplies? Find the information you need on our wholesalers page.

Choosing a Tree

If you want suggestions on selecting the best tree for your home this Christmas, check out our tips on choosing your perfect tree.

Find out more about the many tree species available at various farms in your region here. Be sure to call ahead to find out what tree varieties are available at the farm of your destination, as different farms have different offerings.

Proper Tree Care

If you need advice on how to care for that fresh-cut tree check out the tree care article on the best ways to keep your tree fresh.

More to Come

Check back soon for our “Friends of the OCTA” photo page to submit your Family’s Christmas tree photo. If you’re an Ohio Christmas Tree Association member, be sure to check out our OCTA Members section coming soon!

Merry Christmas!

We, at the OCTA hope you and your family have a blessed and safe Holiday season.

A Merry Thank You!

To Bolt Construction

The Ohio Christmas Tree Association would like to its heart-felt gratitude to Bolt Construction whose $5000 donation to the Ohio Christmas Tree Association will help fund "Operation Evergreen" in sending Christmas trees and merry tidings to our troops over seas.

To Hudler Tree Farm

We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Hudler Treefarm in West Jefferson, North Carolina for their generous donation of a $1500 certificate, auctioned off at the OCTA Summer Meeting. Funds raised will also go to support "Operation Evergreen."

Thanks to both of these generous supporters. To learn how you can help the OCTA in supporting our troops contact us at 740-828-3331.

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