HEBRON, Md. - Local Christmas tree growers say they are expecting a successful season. However, at first, it did not look like it would turn out that way.
Bruce Nichols, owner of Nichols Christmas Trees in Hebron, says he lost more than 4,000 trees due to the unusually wet growing season, which is in April and May.
"It's essentially a form of drowning for the trees," says Nichols. "They get a fungus disease and they won't survive. When the first hot temperatures hit, they are not able to pull up the moisture because of the disease."
Nichols says they were able to get rid of the affected trees, and they now have about 30,000 ready for purchase.
"The affected trees were just a small percentage of what we're growing," says Nicholes. "The rest are in great shape and they've done very well, and I think people will be very happy when they take them home because they'll last."
Nichols says they are open for business, but he still recommends waiting at least another week before purchasing.
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