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Christmas Tree Maintenance: Real how to care methods

Updated on May 27, 2014
christmas tree star cluster taken by nasa
christmas tree star cluster taken by nasa
christmas tree star cluster taken by nasa
christmas tree star cluster taken by nasa

Christmas Tree Caring Tips

For those yearning to get a real Christmas tree this year, then here's a few helpful tips on how you can maintain a tree that your entire family can enjoy. Please read each tip carefully, as taking care of a tree can be a huge responsibility; especially for those that are used for the holidays.

  1. Displaying trees in water in a traditional stand is the most effective way of maintaining their freshness and reducing needle loss problems.
  2. Before putting the tree in the stand, you must make a fresh cut to remove about a 1/2 inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis. Don't cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-shape, as it only makes it that much more difficult to hold the tree in the stand, and it reduces the amount of water available to the tree.
  3. Once your home with the tree, it's important to place it in some water as soon as possible. Most species of trees can go up to six to eight hours, after cutting the trunk and still take in water. Be sure not to bruise the cut or get it dirty.
  4. If necessary, trees can be stored for several days in a cool location on a temporary basis. Just place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket that is kept full of water.
  5. If you rather keep the tree indoors, then use a stand that has an adequate water holding capacity for it. Stands should provide one quart of water per inch of stem diameter. Devices are available that help maintain a constant water level in the stand.
  6. Use a stand that fits your tree. Try avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and shouldn't be removed.
  7. Be sure when placing your tree to keep it displayed away from sources of heat such as fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, and direct sunlight. Lowering the room temperature is another good way to preserve your tree, as it will slow down the drying process, resulting in less water consumption per day.
  8. The temperature of the water used to fill the stand isn't important, as it has no affect on the water uptake.
  9. Be sure to check the stand daily, to make sure the level of water doesn't go below the base of the tree. With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water.
  10. Drilling a hold in the base of the trunk will not improve the water uptake.
  11. When decorating your tree, you have to be sure to use lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights. These lights will reduce the drying of the tree.
  12. Always inspect the light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If the light set looks to be worn, then replace it with a new set.
  13. Whatever you do when plugging in your Christmas lights, do not overload the electrical circuits.
  14. When your not using the lights (i.e. going to bed or leaving the house), then turn them off, as it wastes energy, and can run up your electric bill if your not careful.
  15. Frequently monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the tree dries up, remove it from the house.

Final thoughts:

I would just like to thank everyone who read this hub, and I hope these tips come in handy for many of you this year, who decide to get a real Christmas tree this year. Merry Christmas everyone!


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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      @Diane Inside

      Thanks Diane. That really means a lot coming from you, and I hope you have a safe trip while traveling with your husband this year, as I know you'll be missed around here. You be sure to take care and keep in touch okay. Merry Christmas, Diane. :)

      Yours Truly,


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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago


      Your welcome. I'm glad I could help, and thank you again for stopping by, as well as your nice compliments. Anyways, I hope you have a Merry Christmas this year, in case I don't see you again.

      @Ivory Melodies

      Thanks Ivory. I'm glad you found my hub informative, and thanks for stopping by. No, I'm not a tree expert by any means, nor have I ever owned a real Christmas tree. However, please don't discredit the information that I provided, in light of that little fact, because I did do a lot of RESEARCH into Christmas tree maintenance online and through various books, for this hub. Therefore, I wouldn't dismiss it. Anyways, thanks again for stopping by, and I hope you have a great holiday. :)

      @Wendy Krick

      Thanks Wendy, and thanks for stopping by. Happy holidays to you too. :)


      Thanks for the compliment, and thank you for reading. As far as the timing of this hub, you can blame it on the hubmob for making me have to write this early. lol. Just kidding. Anyways, you have a great holiday buddy. :)


      lol. hey, what can i say? I love making people smile on a daily basis, so I'm glad i could help. ;) lol. Anyways, thanks for stopping by Denise, as your input is always appreciated. I hope you have a great holiday this year, in case I don't see you again soon. :)

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      Diane Inside 7 years ago

      Oh I miss the real Christmas tree we usually have artificial trees anymore, however this year I won't even have a christmas tree at all. Very nice pictures and great information.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Two thumbs up for this hub, Steven--great tips. Loved the pics. (BTW LOL your avatar photo cracked me up!)

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      MPG1 7 years ago from Eugene

      Maybe a bit early for giving out these tips but still very very useful information and I thank you for writing this.

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      Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

      Great Tips! Happy Holidays!

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      IvoryMelodies 7 years ago

      This is one of those lists that should be printed and filed within easy reach. I see several points I was not aware of, and am guessing a lot of people will find this useful. Curious - are you a tree expert, or have you learned through your own experiences? Great hub!

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      acaetnna 7 years ago from Guildford

      Ooh Christmas is not the same without a real Christmas tree! I shall definitely remember your useful tips this year. Many thanks for an informative read.