Tree-coChristmas Tree Care Tips

A Christmas tree will stay green and healthy with proper care.

•    Rinse the tree stand water reservoir with one capful of bleach and one cup of water before inserting the tree. This reduces the growth of micro-organisms that can block the tree’s ability to absorb water.
•    Cut off at least one-half inch from the bottom of the tree. This allows the tree to absorb water.
•    After the cut is made, put the tree in water as soon as possible. The longer the time between when the tree is given a fresh cut and when it is put into water, the less ability the tree has to absorb water.
•    Place the tree in a sturdy stand, that can hold at least 1 gallon of water after the tree has been placed in it. The stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter.
•    Check the stand daily to make sure the level of water is not below the base of the tree.
•    An average tree may consume between one quart and one gallon of water per day. If the water level drops below the cut end of the trunk, a seal will form and no more water will be absorbed by the tree unless another fresh cut is made.
•    If the tree is not going into the house soon after purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of warm water on a cool porch or patio away from wind and sun in warm climates, and protected from freezing temperatures and wind in cold climates.
•  Keep trees away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight). Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day.
•  Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
•  Monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the tree is dry, remove it from the house.