I heard Noble Firs are really expensive (up to $750!), so I'd like to
grow my own. I am in southern California. Do they grow OK here? Do they
need a lot of water or any special care? How long does it take to grow
them to 3', 4', 6', and 7' tall? I found a kit for sale online where
they ship you one noble fir seedling for $20. That's still too
expensive. Then I found packets of seeds for a few bucks. I'll go for
1) Noble fir Christmas trees are at the top end of the price scale, but
certainly not $750 or even anywhere close.
2) Look around, do you see any Noble firs growing wild in your neighborhood?
No? Then it probably won't be easy for you to grow any, will it?
Noble grow quite well in the Pacific Northwest, in higher elevations, not LA
or San Diego or Palm Springs.
Christmas growers buy seedlings which have been transplanted and will
yield marketable trees in about 10 to 15 years. They are typically 5"
to 15" tall when planted. Such a source is Carino Nurseries in PA.
As you can see, the transplanted seedlings are about $5 each. Christmas
tree farms buy them bare root in quantities of 1000s for about $1 each.
The Noble Fir is a true fir that grows at high elevations in the Cascade
Mountains in Oregon and Washington. They will not do well in Southern
You could probably grow Fraser Fir or Grand Fir if you can irrigate it.
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