There are an abundance of excellent resources available on Christmas tree production, selections of which are linked below.
Important note: information originating from sources outside of Ontario should be taken as guidance only. Recommendations with specific quantities (i.e. fertilizer rates) can be very site-specific and may not be optimal for Ontario conditions.
Landscape Ontario: Tree planting guide – includes site assessment, tree selection, site preparation, tree procurement, installation and management
Michigan State University: Getting Started – includes species selection, site selection, cultural practices, cost of production, marketing options
MSU: Planting fundamentals – includes information on handling nursery stock, planting season, and spacing
MSU: Species selection – includes profiles on popular Christmas trees
PennState Extension: Christmas Tree Operation – Producer video describing the benefits, challenges, and marketing opportunities of a Christmas Tree operation.
PennState Extension: Christmas Tree Production – includes marketing, site selection, production, maintenance, pest management
Fertility, Media, Water
Products must be registered in Canada and on Christmas trees if you wish to use them. If you are considering using a product not listed in Ontario publications, make sure to check its registration status using PMRA’s Product Label Database. You can also download the app on Google Play or through the Apple Store for easy access.
MSU: Pest Management – Includes general insecticide application information, and other helpful links
Marketing and Retail
CTFO: Guide to Successful Retailing – includes planning, location, purchasing, storing, and pricing
PennState Extension: Christmas Tree Production – includes marketing principles, risk management, sample budget
University of Maine Cooperative Extension: Christmas Tree Marketing – includes what to do before planting, during growing, and up to and during harvest