Caring for your Christmas tree is important to be sure it last throughout your entire holiday season. Luckily, purchasing a fresh cut tree from a farm has already pointed you in the right direction of a well lasting tree.
However, each tree regardless of where it comes from requires some additional care from you once you take it home! The following tips should help your tree last season & then some!
- When you bring your tree home, you should put a fresh cut on the tree prior to placing it into your tree stand – about ½ inch should do the trick. When a tree is cut, pitch oozes out and seals the pores. By sawing off the base, you will open up the pores, and the tree will be able to absorb water.
- Water, water, water. Watering your tree is critical. A freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours! Be sure to fill your tree stand with water and keep it filled.
- Never let the water level go below the tree’s base. Your tree will drink 65% of its water in the first week it is in the house. A fresh tree is like a sponge, contains more weight in water than the tree itself weighs when dry.
- When placing your tree in your home, be sure to look at the area in relation to your heating sources. Keep your tree away from heating ducts or other heat sources. The lower the temperature the better your tree will do.
- Some people add aspirin or sugar to the water; we can’t say whether either helps. Again, the water is the vital element.