Due to the drought, Tiemann halted production at his family's business, which has been in operation since the mid-1950s. Tiemann said the available crop at the time wasn't good enough "to do a commercial business."
While he would not give exact sales figures, Tiemann said, "I've always said that if you bought mistletoe from a store, it probably came from us."
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Although Tiemann's closure generated widespread worry about the crop, Brion Domman, owner of Texas-based MistletoeUS, insists he saw "very little drought impact," which he estimates affected about 1 percent to 2 percent of the crop. Mistletoe harvesters in Oregon and Southern California also said their crop fared fine during this time.
"There's always been a lot of mistletoe," Domman said. "It was just all misleading information out there, which hurt all of us because people stopped looking for it."
Sellers say this year's crop has been good in Texas, Oregon and Southern California. Tiemann also said the crop looks better but he plans to sit this year's selling season out again, saying the crop turned a corner too late for him to ramp up production.
Sales jump after seller bows out
During the past two years, Ryan Saunders, Mistletoe.com's owner, said his Oregon-based company hasn't experienced any issues with the crop.
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"We've had double-digit growth every year," Saunders said. "This is the first year we haven't, primarily due to the shorter selling season."
In the years since Tiemann's halted harvesting, his rivals said they've gained shares of its business.