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Christmas Tree Care Tips

Cut Tree Tips

  • The tree should have a fresh cut across the bottom, about 1 inch above the old base.  This removes any clogged wood that may not readily absorb water.
  • The tree should be placed in a stand with a large reservoir of water.   Depending upon the size, species and location of the tree, it may absorb a gallon of water in the first day, so it should be checked frequently and re-watered as necessary.   It is important that the tree always be kept watered and not allowed to dry out.   If the tree does dry out, it may not be able to adequately absorb moisture once it is re-watered, and it will shed its needles prematurely.  Taking the tree down and cutting about a 1 inch slice off the bottom of the trunk, then placing the tree in the stand and re-watering will remedy this problem.  Although inconvenient, it is the only way to prevent early needle loss.  Overall, a good rule of thumb is to treat a green Christmas tree just like a fresh bouquet of cut flowers!
  • The tree should be located in a safe place, preferably near a wall or corner where it is not likely to be knocked over.  Keeping the tree away from heat sources such as hot air ducts, wood stoves, fireplaces, etc... will help to preserve freshness and lessen fire danger.  Similarly, light cords and connections used in decorating the tree should be in good working condition.
  • Lights should always be turned off at bedtime or when leaving for an extended period of time.

Live Tree Tips

  • All balled and burlapped trees should have a gradual temperature change.   Place the tree in an in-between temperature for a day such as an unheated garage.  
  • Balled an burlapped trees also need water!  One way to achieve this would be to place the tree in a large tub and take a 2 liter bottle and prop it up between the branches with its opening in a slit in the burlap.  This will allow the water to trickle into the ball and soak in.  Usually, two of these bottles should be enough so that the tree will receive 1-2 gallons of water at each watering.
  • Water every 5-7 days.

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