Follow these tips to keep your Christmas tree fresh:
If you are unable to put your tree up when you get home, keep it baled and store it in a cool sheltered area away from the wind and sun.
MAKE A FRESH CUT
Before you bring the tree into your home and place it in a stand, re-cut
the trunk at least one inch from the bottom just prior to putting it in the
stand. Even if you've just cut the tree at a choose-and-cut farm, a new cut
re-opens the tree stem so it can drink water.
After making a fresh cut, place the tree in a large capacity stand with
lukewarm water. The stand you use should hold at least one gallon of
fresh water or more. If you are in need of a stand, we have a variety of
stands to choose from.
PLACE TREE AWAY FROM HEAT SOURCES
Heat sources like heat registers, space heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves,
televisions, computer monitors, etc. speed up evaporation and
moisture loss from the tree, resulting in premature needle drop.
DON'T ADD ANYTHING TO THE WATER
Research has shown that using plain tap water is by far the best way to keep
your tree fresh. Some commercial additives and home concoctions can actually
decrease a tree's moisture retention and increase needle drop.
WATER YOUR TREE DAILY
Do not allow the water level to drop below the fresh cut or the stem will
reseal and the tree will be unable to drink water. Christmas trees are very
thirsty! It is not unusual for a tree to drink 2 gallons of water the first day
in the stand.
Additional tree care tips may be found at: