Caring for your real Christmas tree.
With the proper care, the perfect tree you
have selected will stay green and healthy throughout the holidays,
minimizing clean-up and maximizing the joy of your holiday. Here
are a few tips:
Make a fresh cut on the bottom
of the tree to open up the pores, which have been
clogged by sap. Cut off at least one-half inch. If you do not make
a fresh cut, the tree will not be able to drink 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.
Rinse water reservoir of the
tree stand with a mixture of 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.
Be careful to avoid spilling or splashing the bleach on carpeting,
Place the tree in a sturdy
stand, which will hold at least one gallon of water after the tree
has been placed in it. Fill with plain water.
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
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. So don't forget to add water every day.