Last week we shared our list of local Christmas Tree Farms and thought it would be fitting to share some tips on how to care for those fresh cut trees.
Everyone loves the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree, but no one like the clean up. Lots of people have moved to using artificial trees to avoid the chore of cleaning up fallen needles. No one wants their Christmas tree to be a dried out wilted mess before the big guy arrives.
There is a lot more to think about when it comes to picking out that perfect Christmas tree at the u-cut. When you pick out your fresh cut tree, it is important to know how to prepare and care for it.
Here are 5 tips to keeping a fresh cut tree fresh:
Check your tree for freshness: gently shaking a branch and noticing how many needles fall or by taking a needle and bending it. If it snaps cleanly it’s fresh.
Make a fresh cut: Cut at least 1 centimeter off the base of the stem. This will enable the tree to absorb water easier and stay fresh longer.
Tree stand: Your stand should be sturdy and have a minimum water capacity of 4 liters. Make sure you wash your stand with a capful of bleach and water, this reduces the growth of microorganisms that can block the tree’s ability to absorb water.
Water Daily: Since a tree absorbs between 1 – 4 liters of water per day it is very important to water daily. And remember the more you water the less you will have to clean up those needles.
Location: Keep your trees away from your heat source, this will dry out your tree.