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Root rot threatens certain Christmas trees

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INDIANAPOLIS -

A recent report suggests root rot may threaten certain Christmas trees. Caused by a waterborne mold, the rot is a potential issue with fir tree producers across the country.

But for tree vendors in the Indianapolis area, 'we've had really good luck,' reports Jimmy Gore with Gore Christmas trees, a family-run business since the 1950's.

Gore's more popular trees, like the scotch pine, white pine, and frasiers, displayed for purchase in Broad Ripple, are shipped in from Michigan and North Carolina.

Others are grown at his family farm in Brown County, Indiana.

Gore says the quality of this year's trees 'is really good. We're fortunate to not have any issues.' And there is plenty of inventory.

Although some vendors complain shipping costs have increased, Gore hasn't found that to be the case. And he says the cost of the trees should be the same as last year--on average about $65 for an 8 foot frasier fir.

He adds at his farm, they haven't raised the price of trees in four years because, 'the goal is to offer the best tree buying experience.'

At Gore's store, they'll cut, shake and drill the tree before tying it on to the customer's car. Kids get free candy canes.

As for care of the Christmas tree once it's home, some swear by sugar water. But Gore says hot water every three days will do to prevent the sap from closing up the bottom of the tree.

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