You can keep your Christmas tree looking healthy and happy until
New Year's if you follow a few simple guidelines.
- Always select and buy the freshest tree possible, one that
is cut the day you bring it home.
- Cut 1 inch off the base, place the tree in a bucket of water,
and stand it in a cool, shady place if you don't plan to set it
up right away.
- When you bring it inside to set up, cut 1/2 inch to 1 inch
off the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree stand can hold at least 1 gallon of water.
Add plain water.
- Water the tree every day.
- If the water level drops below the cut end of the trunk, a
seal will form and prevent the tree from absorbing any more water.
If this happens, you will have to make another cut in the trunk.
- Keep the tree away from vents and sources of heat.
- Use miniature light sets instead of standard size ones. The
former produce less heat and the tree will dry out less quickly.
- Add soda to the water to keep the tree fresh. This also works
well in cut flower arrangements.
- If your tree isn't drawing water, use hot water in the stand.
It will melt the seal at the end of the trunk.
- Adding either brown sugar or aspirin to the water when you
water your christmas tree will keep it fresh longer.
- Use 1 teaspoon of plant nutrient to 1 gallon of water to meet
the tree's nutrient requirements.