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How To Keep A Christmas Tree Fresh

Updated on February 15, 2010

Keeping a Christmas tree fresh can be quite simple. With a little care, your Christmas tree should thrive for five weeks. Unless you cut your tree down yourself within the past few hours, get your saw handy! While you're at it, dig that tree stand out of the shed and be sure it holds at least 1 gallon of water. Then be prepared to water it daily for about a week. Just follow these steps, and your tree will remain fresh long through the holiday season.

Make A Fresh Cut. When a Christmas tree is cut down at the farm, it immediately begins forming resin on the bottom of it's trunk, which will impair it's ability to consume water. It is very important to remove this resin before setting your tree in the stand. You'll need to make a fresh cut to the bottom of your tree. A hand saw and some elbow grease will do the trick, and about three inches removed will be good.

Water Your Christmas Tree Properly. Now that you've done the muscle work, let's make sure you'll feed this baby properly. Your Christmas tree stand should hold, at minimum, 1 gallon of water. Once you've set your tree into the stand, add at least 1 gallon of water, and mark the water level inside your tree stand bowl with a marker. On a daily basis add water to reach that mark, until your Christmas tree stops consuming water (Your Christmas tree will stop consuming water after 6-8 days)

There is no need to do anything else after this point. Your tree should stay healthy for at least 3 weeks after it stops taking water. Adding chemicals, additives or even water at this point could only harm your tree. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the holidays!

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