WALNUT, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippians looking for locally grown Christmas trees have several varieties to choose from but should be prepared to shop early for the best selection.
According to Mississippi State University Extension Services, Mississippi Christmas tree growers have experienced a good growing season and favorable weather in 2018, which has resulted in a valuable crop of healthy trees.
Experts expect a high-demand to increase the price.
"The other farmers have gotten older and they've retired, and no one came along and picked up tree season," said Mike Marolt, the owner of Pine Mountain Tree Farm.
The average tree at Pine Mountain Tree Farm has been priced the same the past two years but imports may go up.
The Christmas tree season officially starts November 17.
In 2017, the last tree at Pine Mountain Tree Farm was sold on December 9th.