So you got a real Christmas tree this year, now what?
We all know that you need to water your christmas tree, but there are a few specifics that will help you keep your tree green and the needles intact longer. Did you know that your farm fresh tree is cut, more than half its weight is water? That should tell you just how important it is to keep it watered.
- Use a tree stand with the adequate sized water reservoir. As a general rule, the stand should hold 1 quart of water per inch of the stem’s diameter.
- Try to avoid whittling the tree trunk to fit the stand, rather find a stand that fits properly. The outer layers are the most efficient at absorbing water.
- Giving the tree a fresh cut right before putting it in the stand will also help it to absorb water better. The cut should be perpendicular to the tree stem, do not cut at an angle. Nor should you drill a hole in the trunk, it does not help water consumption.
- Be sure to check the water level daily to make sure it does not go below the base of the Christmas tree.
- Keeping the tree away from heat sources or lowering the temperature in the room can help reduce the drying of the Christmas tree.
- Inspect all lights before using them to decorate the tree.
By following these simple tips, you will prolong the freshness of the tree. Enjoy your real Christmas tree! Happy Holidays!