Buying and selling mistletoe
Buying and selling mistletoe is a most peculiar business. The plant is a parasite of trees, which will cause serious damage if left to grow unchecked – and yet it is in considerable demand at Christmas. A pest, but an interesting and useful product.
But not necessarily a commercially successful product! The time needed to harvest, sort and select the best mistletoe at Christmas hardly covers the price that can be charged, so the mistletoe business has never been particularly profitable!
Much of it is a minor sideline for landowners with mistletoe – with the income merely subsidising the costs of control.
But it is a fascinating business nevertheless, and mistletoe remains in high demand, particularly in areas outside its natural range, so there is a lot of satisfaction for suppliers in meeting expectation.
This section of the website outlines some of the trade from a British point of view – covering trade in home-grown, mainly English, mistletoe, and the imports from continental Europe.
Other pages within this section include:
A Little Book About Mistletoe
Looking for a book about mistletoe? There aren’t many available but Jonathan Briggs’ little book introducing all aspects of mistletoe, first published in 2010, is newly (from autumn 2013) available on Amazon.