Like most producers the Killiecrankie Farm Nursery and Christmas Tree Farm was not immune to 2016’s temperamental climate, but there are still some hand-planted, live trees available for the festive season.
The 24-hectare property west of Exeter is owned by Lee Adamson-Ringk, who said it is the sixth season the family has sold monterey trees for Christmas.
“All our regulars come on the first weekend and either tag or have taken a tree for this week … quite a few will take a tree and put them out the back in a bucket before they put them up today,” she said.
Killiecrankie was Tasmania’s first Christmas Tree farm and grows a species native to California.
High rainfall and exceeding hard winds knocked down a number of trees, but hundreds will still sell in time for a visit from Santa.
“They start at about five foot and next year we’ll have some smaller ones available that we’re pruning specifically, but the average height is about six foot for most houses,” she said.