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Fate varies for Christmas tree farms in Oklahoma City metro

An Edmond tree farm experienced record sales, while others had no sales.
by Kathryn McNutt Modified: December 24, 2013 at 11:00 am •  Published: December 23, 2013

— John Knight was gearing up Monday morning for the final day of the season at Sorghum Mill Christmas Tree Farm.

“We'll have big business today,” said Knight, who reported record sales this year, his 35th in the business.

Knight, 69, said the ice storm didn't hurt business because most sales happened before the bad weather arrived. The 45-acre farm opened for the season the first weekend of November with live trees customer could cut and pre-cut trees from Oregon and North Carolina.

“It was a wonderful year for evergreens,” Knight said.

He plans to take time off Christmas Eve to prepare for Santa Claus, but will be back in his fields in northeast Edmond before long.

Stump removal is done, but the soil needs work before seedlings are planted in 90 days.

“It's a full-time job,” Knight said.

No trees to sell

Two other metro-area tree farmers reported no business this year after two years of drought took their toll.

Luke Canon said saplings and 10-foot trees alike succumbed to the drought at White's Christmas Tree Farm in Noble.

“It was just too much heat and too little water. It burned it up,” said Canon, 74, who has been in business for a decade.

Canon said he will replant and reopen when the trees are ready.

But Coffee Creek Christmas Tree Farm in Arcadia won't reopen, owner Charles Bullock said.

“The drought took all mine out,” said Bullock, 75, who planted his first trees in 2000.

“It takes five to six years to get them up to Christmas tree size,” he said.

Bullock will be 80 by then, and his children don't want to run the tree farm, he said.

“It's so sad.”

by Kathryn McNutt
Higher Education Reporter
Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from...
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