Busi­ness flour­ishes at fam­ily Xmas tree farm

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

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.

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