A few simple care tips will enhance
the enjoyment of your Christmas tree and keep it fresh and fragrant throughout the holiday season. If the tree
will not be set up immediately,
cut one-half inch or more off the base of the trunk and place the tree
in a container of water. Keep the tree in a cool area, protected from
the wind and sun until you are ready to decorate. This will help the
tree stay fresh. Before bringing the tree into your home and placing
it in a stand, make a fresh cut off the base of the trunk.
This opens the tree stem so it can take up water. Immediately place
your tree in the stand and fill it with fresh water. If you allow
the water level to drop below the fresh cut, a new seal will form over the
stem and the tree will be unable to take up water. Remember, trees
are very thirsty,
particularly during the first week that they are brought inside.
They may drink between 2 pints to a gallon of water each day. Use a
water-bearing stand with a capacity of a gallon or more. Check the
stand daily and supply fresh water as needed.