Everything you needed to know about tree flocking

Jack Lucas answers the most frequently asked questions about tree flocking.

Have you ever heard of tree flocking? You’ve probably seen a flocked tree on Pinterest or social media this holiday season. It’s basically a tree that looks like it’s fresh out of a blizzard, but it’s not. It’s in your living room and it’s beautiful! We caught up with Jack Lucas of Tree Towne Christmas Trees when he was finishing up his flocking for the season. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about tree flocking…

What is tree flocking?
It all starts with the material. The material is simply a paper pulp that comes out of Minnesota. The paper pulp is bleached and it’s mixed with a  glue material and a fire retardant and it’s all mixed up and it blows onto the tree wet and when it drys, it’s hard and crunchy and it looks like snow. 

Is this something a lot of people know about?
That’s a good question because I’ve been doing this, flocking, for probably 28 years. But in the last two to three years, it’s really getting more popular. I’m trying to figure out if it’s a trend that’s going to continue or it’s a fad. But all I can tell you is I can’t keep up with the sales right now. 

What kind of tree is best for flocking?
We pick out the blue spruce and they’re from Michigan. We purposely use that kind of tree because it has strong branches and when you flock it, you add a lot of weight to the branches. If you do like a Fraser fir, for example, it’s a beautiful tree and it smells great — but if you flock it, the branches sag. They can’t handle the weight and then you can’t decorate it and it looks like a drunken tree. 

Is the flocking material safe for your pets?
Yes, it won’t kill you, it won’t kill the animals. It’s basically paper. 

Can you do this at home?
You need a machine and you need professional flock. You need the machine and that’s the bottom line. People think this is like a can of spray snow that we sell, but this is not the spray snow you get in a can. 

Are flocked trees more expensive to buy?
They’re more expensive and we don’t make enough money on them but I don’t care, it’s fun. I actually like it. I’m the owner and I really have no business doing this but it’s the only relaxing job I get because it’s kind of artistic.

How long does it take for the flock to dry?
I’ve had experiences with overcast, rainy seasons during the flocking season and it can take days. But on a nice crisp day like today with sun, two or three hours and it’s good to go.

How many trees can you flock in one day?
I can do an average tree in about 15 or 20 minutes. I try to do thirty a day, after ten days at thirty trees a day — I’m done for the season. 

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