Business flourishes at family Xmas tree farm
Christmas is in the air when you walk through the pines at the Misa family farm.
Misa Christmas Trees is in its busy season, which sees families arriving to select the perfect pine.
Manager Ron Misa says Christmas demand is changing and treeshoppers are more particular now about size, shape and bushiness.
The 68-year-old has been handling Christmas trees since he was a boy and remembers lining them up on the roadside in Balmoral.
The family business started accidentally in 1940 when they started cutting tree tops for people to use at Christmas. Demand grew and the Misas have not looked back.
He says despite being surrounded by Christmas all year round, he is not tired of the season – “I quite enjoy it, it’s part of life and the only time of year I get paid!
“People often ask what I do the rest of the year,” says Mr Misa.
“The trees need caring for. It’s a lot of work shaping them.”
About 3600 radiata pines grow on the 1.2 hectare Balmoral Rd property, with six crops growing at a time. Its rich volcanic soil has seen the trees grow steadily and Mr Misa says it makes them hardy and resilient.
He says some trees left over from a season will grow larger for commercial use the following year.
Once cut, the trees last about four weeks and he advises to keep them away from windows.
Customers have told Mr Misa they use sugar, aspirin or Janola in a bucket to make the tree last.
Take a bough: Christmas tree farmer Ron Misa has been involved with handling festive pines since he was a boy.