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Mark your calendar for the following MCTA 2021 Meetings:
- MCTA Winter Meeting: Recharging for Success is March 5, 2021. The meeting will be virtual due to COVID-19. Please see the attached flyer (and registration form) for more information.
- MCTA Summer Meeting scheduled for July 28-30, 2021 at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, MI
News & Events
Click the links below to watch some excellent videos from the It’s Christmas. Keep it Real campaign of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. The videos cover topics like Christmas tree production, selecting a tree, decorating and lighting tips, an...
Michigan Christmas tree farms are following guidelines to keep you and your family safe while finding your perfect Christmas tree. When vistiting the farm or retail lot, wear a mask, wash your hands and keep a 6-foot distance from other customers. Th...
Enjoy holiday memories for years to come with a living tree.Bert Cregg, Michigan State University Extension, Departments of Horticulture and Forestry, and Jill O'Donnell, MSU Extension - November 26, 2019Living, container-gro...
Real Christmas trees bring real joy! The warm tradition, joyful scent and natural beauty simply cannot be manufactured. Use the MCTA's choose and cut or retail locators to find the centerpiece of your Christmas tradition!
As many of you are heading out and picking that perfect real Christmas tree to trim, here is one more reason you are making the right choice. Real Christmas trees are 100 percent recyclable and biodegradable, making your Christmas green in more than ...
Celebrate with a Fresh Christmas Tree
Choosing the right Christmas tree
Michigan farms and tree lots offer an array of great Christmas tree choices. Whether you look for a pre-cut tree at a local tree lot or bundle up the family for the choose-and-cut experience, you will find a wide variety of tree types that offer something for everyone. To help you pick the perfect tree, Michigan State University Extension has developed a description of the main types of trees grown in Michigan.
Tips for success with your first real Christmas tree
The scent of a real Christmas tree in the house, the allure of a family outing to select a real tree and the appeal of buying local are among the reasons people buy real Christmas trees. For some, especially people who grew up in households with an artificial tree, buying and setting up a real tree may seem like daunting task. With a little planning, however, having a real tree can add a fun and enjoyable family experience to the holidays.
Water is the essential ingredient in keeping your real Christmas tree fresh
Before you set up your tree, make a fresh, straight cut across the base of the tree, removing a half-inch or more from the bottom. Why do we want to make a fresh cut? After the tree is harvested, resin begins to collect in the tree’s ducts, sealing off water-conducting tissue. Making a fresh cut removes the blocked resin and allows water to move into the trunk and eventually evaporating (transpire) from the foliage.