For some, the Christmas season just isn't the same without a real Christmas tree. Whether you cut it down yourself or pick it up from a neighborhood lot, you want your tree to last fresh throughout the holiday season.
- When you are ready to place your tree in water, give it a nice straight fresh cut about one inch above the previous cut. This will improve the water uptake but is only necessary if the tree has been cut for over 4 hours.
- Typically a good tree stand will hold at least 1 gallon of water. If you're sick of spilling water all over, buy a funnel and a length of tube that will fit over the end of the funnel. This may take a little longer to water but saves time in cleaning up messes.
- For the first little while, your new tree will take up more water than typical. Water the new tree more than average. Always keep the base of the tree in water. Sugar and other additives in the water are not necessary. Plain water will keep a tree fresh.
- If your tree has been properly cared for, it can last up to and sometimes beyond 5 weeks before drying out. Do yourself and your floors a favor and be sure to take down the tree before it dries out!