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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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