LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Christmas tree farmers across the country are having trouble keeping their lots full this year.
Industry experts said if you want a real tree, you shouldn't wait until the last minute.
Christmas trees take somewhere between seven to 10 years to grow, meaning all of the trees people are buying this year were planted during the recession.
The owners of Mattern's Pine Ridge Nursery in Lafayette said farmers couldn't afford to plant as many trees in 2008, which explains the shortage people are experiencing today.
Like many tree farmers, Mattern's had to raise prices on their Christmas trees, and they are running out pretty quickly.
Before the recession there was an oversupply of trees, since then they've had to bring in a retailer to help keep up with demand.
"2008 hit pretty hard, people couldn't plant as much, couldn't afford to, couldn't afford the labor," said Sue Mattern.
Raised prices aren't stopping Chris and Karen Plantenga from getting a real tree this year. They've been loyal customers for more than 10 years.
"We still like this nice fresh smell," said Karen.
Mattern said they are having a hard time keeping up with the demand, and if people want a real tree they shouldn't wait.