While farmers’ markets wind down from the busy plant and vegetable season, the tree farmers are rapidly gearing up for Christmas tree deliveries. And they’ll be busy. According to the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association, more than 1,600 tree farmers will deliver about 50 million trees this year.
Nearly 40 percent of households buy real Christmas trees, and the number is growing. Consumers are beginning to understand that real trees can be grown sustainably and that tree farms are environmentally friendly.
Christmas Tree Competition
We live in the one of the Christmas tree capitals of the world. The vast Fraser Fir inventory, which makes up about 90 percent of the Christmas trees in WNC, is so popular that it has catapulted North Carolina into second place for the number of Christmas trees sold nationally.
If you plan to sell trees this year, you need to get your order in early and make accommodations for deliveries, even though sales don’t really take off until after Thanksgiving. You’ll face enormous competition in Asheville, Hendersonville and the surrounding areas, so you’ll need all the help you can get to sell more trees to Christmas consumers. Follow these tactics to make your selling season a very merry success.
Erect a Tent
Tents, such as the variety offered by Hendersonville Tents, attract attention. A striped tent stands out no matter where you are, creating rubberneckers eager to get in on the action. White tents can cause passers-by to stop too, especially when they’re erected near busy intersections, in active parking lots or close to residential communities.
Hi-Peak tents are ideal for large big-box parking lots where they’ll catch the eye of every visitor passing through. Hendersonville Tents offers a range of sizes to cover the larger trees, provide cover during inclement weather and lighting for those busy evening shoppers. On top of that, savvy tree buyers know that you are taking care of your trees, making them last longer and stay fresher.
Block Sun and Wind
The weather in WNC continues to stay warm, often through the beginning of December and beyond. According to the North Carolina State University Extension Center, even partial exposure to sunlight affects the quality of your trees. Just one little strip of sunshine can scald cut trees. Extension agents say that tents “make all the difference” in preserving the quality of your Christmas trees.
Side panels on a tent block the early morning sunlight and keep out the wind when it kicks up. Additionally, side panels are effective for preserving the humidity that trees crave, which leads to the next tip.
Keep Trees Moist
From the moment you put up a tent, you’ll notice the temperature drop and the humidity rise, the ideal environment to keep trees healthy. To further preserve your trees, either place them on dirt that you keep irrigated or erect them in stands that you keep watered (which also provides you with an additional item to sell). While side panels on a tent prevent the built-up moisture from leaving, you must water your trees daily to maintain their freshness.
Do It Right
Make your Christmas tree selling season successful with a grouping of tents from Hendersonville Tents. You’ll get the quality and timeliness you need to meet your sales goals, while protecting an inventory of trees you’re proud to sell. Hendersonville Tents provides excellent customer service because they care about your business as much you do.
If you’re a retailer selling trees as an adjunct to your store, your customers will remember that they got a fresh tree from your lot, which will build loyalty throughout the year. With an enthusiastic staff caught up in the spirit of Christmas in the mountains, an attractive and accessible location to sell your trees and fresh, live trees for sale, you’ll be able to fill your family’s stockings to the cuffs with your profits.
Hendersonville Tents is a family-owned and operated company. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of providing tents, tables, chairs, pipe and drapes, tableware, games, specialty lighting, PA systems…everything you need to host a memorable outdoor event. Hendersonville Tents provides a personal touch to any event in Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina and surrounding areas. The company provides tents for any size function to fit any size budget. Whatever your needs, Hendersonville Tents has you covered.