If you are bringing a live tree into your home this Christmas, these tips will help keep fresh through the holiday.
1. Cut a quarter inch off the trunk before you put it in the stand, and go straight across. Cutting at an angle actually makes it harder for the tree to absorb water. If the tree has been cut within the past 12 hours, the cut is still fresh enough you can skip this step.
2. Don’t force the tree to fit in your stand by carving or whittling down the trunk . The outer layers of the tree actually soak up the most water. Instead buy a bigger stand or just measure what you already have and stay within those perimeters.
3. Water, water, water! Measure the diameter of the trunk, and add one quart for every inch. Make sure to water each day so the levels don’t drop. Most stands hold at least a gallon, which is four quarts. (Safety tip… if you have pets, DO NOT put any preservatives in the tree water. Those chemicals are potentially dangerous to your pet who WILL find a way to drink out of the tree stand…no matter who hard you try to stop it.)
4. Keep it away from heat sources. Don’t put it near your fireplace or right next to any heating vent or space heaters. Too much direct sunlight can dry it out too.
5. Choose wisely. Some trees shed a lot while others hang onto their needles. Some types of trees that last longest include white pine . . . Scotch pine . . . white fir . . . Fraser fir . . . or a Colorado blue spruce.