Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do You Only Have Smaller Trees?
Our trees start out smaller so that they can have a longer time with the fostering household. One of our fostering families termed it well - they said "Smaller is smarter" - we only wish we came up with that tag line first. The sacrifice of not having a large "centerpiece" tree is hopefully replaced by knowing that many trees will be saved (not cut) by your household over the span of your fostering agreement. Our foster trees teach the importance of stewarding our ecology in the right direction as they will eventually be reforested. If you are accustomed to that big centerpiece tree - then we are not for you and that's OK.
Tree Sizes - VERY IMPORTANT
Our trees are small and later in our season we are down to last trees that are in the lower half of the size range. Meaning that if you are looking into Fostering a 4-5 foot tree - your tree will be closer to 4 feet but not below. We measure from the floor to the very tip - even if it is sparse near the top. Our guidelines are very straightforward and we need every household to understand that you are committing to a LIVING ORGANISM and the GROWING PROCESS OF IT. We don't grow ten million trees and pick the best million for the market. Our trees are some of the best living stock available, and they are small for a reason - because they are growing and we want them to grow with your household.
What is the difference between "Fostering" and "Renting"
While there are Christmas tree rental companies out there, we have decided to grow a sense of ownership with our fostering homes as their tree grows. Our goal is to develop a community and culture around preserving these wonderfully beautiful conifer trees. By developing a sense of caring for your own tree it helps us remember and teach the lesson of preserving our ecology. Our program is designed around the household getting the same tree back every year. While rental companies serve a purpose, they usually cannot guarantee that the same tree will come back to the household - we do! You can even come visit your tree at the farm twice a year during our campouts - don't miss these!
What if my tree dies in the farms care? ("Crop Loss")
While ForeverGreen strives for perfect trees there is also the perfect pest and the possibility of imperfect weather. Crop loss is inevitable in agriculture and if your tree suffers a fatal circumstance - you will be kept abreast of the situation and your tree will be replaced. However, you must take care of it during your time with it and any damage will raise it’s ugly head a few weeks or months later and we will reach out.
What if I want to keep my tree after the holiday?
Your tree will do better with some first growth shade and some naturally cycled watering out in the forest. We are also not licensed to sell trees and we can't be responsible for 1000 Douglas Firs planted in San Mateo in five years. Let's release your baby and let it spread its roots in nature!