How to Make Your Cut Christmas Tree Last

It’s that time of year! Finding that perfect tree, getting it set up, and enjoying the family traditions of decorating your Christmas tree. Taking the very best care of your tree from the start will help to ensure a long, safe and enjoyable season. Here are some helpful tips for your tree to last as long as possible.

1. Don’t make the mistake of buying too early.

You may be tempted to get a head start on the holidays by buying your tree in mid-November, but that’s a bad idea. Experts suggest that you wait until December 1 before purchasing your tree.

2. Choose a tree that is a healthy green color and one that feels fresh to the touch.

Avoid buying a tree that has a noticeable number of brown needles or feels dry in your hand.

3. Check for falling needles.

Experts suggest that, to gauge your tree’s freshness, raise it a few inches off the ground and drop it on its trunk. If only a few needles fall off, that’s a good sign.

4. Re-cut the bottom of your tree.

Ask the vendor to cut the base of your tree again before you bring it home. It’s likely that your tree has been sitting on a lot for days or even weeks. This sitting around will clog the vascular system that draws water up and into the tree.

5. Wrap your tree for the ride home.

Without a proper covering, wind can dry out and damage your tree.

6. Cut it again when you get your tree home.

Trim your tree’s base again to get rid of any dry resin that could block your tree from absorbing water.

7. Select an appropriate location.

Don’t place your tree near a fireplace, wood stove, heating vent, in direct sunlight or near anything else that generates light or warm air. Also avoid placing your tree anywhere that has cold drafts. Fluctuating temperatures will cause your tree to dry out sooner.

8. Water your tree immediately – and regularly. Check the water level twice each day.

Be sure to fill your tree stand with water and place your tree in it as soon as you re-cut the trunk. It’s important that the cut portion of your tree’s trunk remain covered by water at all times so that your tree stays hydrated. Also, plain water is fine. There is no need to add any nutrients or other substances to the water.

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