A Christmas tree can be a beautiful home accessory, while also serving as a decorative centerpiece for the holiday season! However, considering how short-lived a cut tree is, supplying the bottom of the cut tree with fresh water can help slow down the drying process and therefore keep the needles from quickly dropping off. If you’re considering buying a live Christmas tree this year, below are a few tips to keep in mind when caring for your tree:
- Use a tree stand with suitable water-holding capacity. Having that said, a tree stand should have a water base that provides at least 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter. For most Christmas trees, the stand should hold at least 1 gallon of water. A cut tree will absorb a surprising amount of water, particularly during the first week, so be sure to check and refill the water daily.
- Make sure your tree stand fits your tree! Some stands have round rings at the top, so make sure that the ring is large enough for the trunk to go through the hole. Avoid carving down the sides of the trunk to fit your stand because the outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
- If possible, try and keep your tree away from sources of heat, such as a fireplace, heat vents, Christmas lights (used in moderation), or direct sunlight. Heat will dry out the tree and quicken the drying process. Additionally, always be sure to turn off your tree lights when leaving your home or when going to bed.
- Monitor your tree for dryness. Check the needles to determine if they are dry and delicate. If the needles break easily or fall off in your hand that means that your tree is dry and should be removed from your house. A Christmas tree should normally stay fresh at least three to four weeks before drying, so be sure to monitor it daily!
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact Trad’s Garden Center.
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