Archive for Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Buyers search for perfect holiday pine at Green Forest Christmas Tree Farm in Lecompton

Jim Myers at the Green Forest Tree Farm explains what to look for while getting a Christmas tree.

December 7, 2010


On the street

Do you prefer having a fake or real Christmas tree?

A real one, it’s more of an authentic feel. It’s more wholesome.

More responses

Tree tips

• When you get the tree home, make a fresh, straight cut on the trunk, about an inch above the original cut.

• Use a water-holding tree stand, and immediately place the trunk end in water.

• Refill the water daily — which will keep the tree fresh longer. Trees can use up to a gallon of water per day.

• Keep the tree away from fireplaces, radiators and TV sets, as they can dry out the tree.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Green Forest Christmas Tree Farm in Lecompton, Keith and Sonja Pittrich searched for this year’s tree.

“That one’s out,” said Sonja, pointing to a nice looking pine that could fool an amateur Christmas tree hunter.

The reason? A crooked trunk, which would make keeping the tree upright and straight nearly impossible in their Shawnee home.

Sonja joked that a young couple, perhaps out on their first Christmas tree hunt, would pick the tree for its full branches and tall height, only to learn the hard way that a straight trunk is a necessity.

The Pittriches have been picking out Christmas trees for more than 20 years.

“When I was a kid, we always did this,” said Keith, who has carried on the tradition with their own two children. “I’ve never had a fake tree.”

With all those years of experience, Keith says he can size up a Christmas tree pretty quickly. In addition to a straight trunk, he looks for one with the right height — about 8 feet — that doesn’t have too many missing branches.

Each tree hunter has his or her own particular specifications, said Green Forest co-owner Jim Myers.

“There’s no rhyme nor reason,” Myers said of the tree wishes expressed by the thousands of buyers he’s seen in 16 years in the business.

Some want a tall tree, some want a wide tree. Some look for the “perfect” tree, while some want the more scrawny and bare “Charlie Brown Christmas tree” look.

But Myers’ basic advice to customers is to pick a tree fits their space. Most important, though, is enjoying the family experience, he said.

As Myers reminisced about his years at the farm, a young couple — perhaps hoping to start their own Christmas tree hunting tradition — backed their pickup truck near the needle-shaking machine. The tree farm crew then “netted” the handsome-looking tree selected by the couple, and loaded in it the bed of the truck.

Sonja Pittrich walks past and eyes the younger couple, then their prized tree.

With a smile she says, “They got the one with the crooked trunk.”


kubacker 7 years, 3 months ago

Hey LJW----

The entire article is about finding the right Christmas tree, and every reference to a tree in this article is to a "Christmas tree" The discussion by the couple interviewed is about looking for the right "Christmas tree." In all my years I've never heard anyone anywhere call a Christmas tree a "Holiday tree" so why the hell in the title of this piece are you calling a Christmas tree a "Holiday Tree?"

wmathews 7 years, 3 months ago

I don't see it referred to as a "holiday tree" anywhere. I see "holiday pine" in the headline, and the headline names the Green Forest Christmas Tree Farm. "Holiday pine" was most likely used to keep the headline from being redundant while still being informative.

RoeDapple 7 years, 3 months ago

Now see there Whitney, ya let the troll sucker you in to responding to it.That's all it wanted, was a little attention. Best way to deal with 'em is let 'em stew . . . then they start gettin' cranky, start spoutin' off and eventually gits themselves disapearededed. Or not.

Happy Holidays

Chris Golledge 7 years, 3 months ago

Would it be fair to say that they are pining for the perfect tree?

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