Putting up a real tree this year? Live trees can stay inside for about 10 days only, while cut-trees can stay green for 2–3 weeks with proper care. Setting up your tree too early could mean a dry, brittle plant come Christmas morning. Keep those branches verdant with these helpful tips.
- 1. You can cut down your own Christmas tree or buy a freshly cut one from your local tree farm. Avoid any trees that were cut weeks prior, or any place where you see lots of needles on the ground.
- 2. Once you get your tree home, saw an extra half-inch to an inch off the bottom of the trunk. When trees are cut, the pitch oozes out and seals the pores. By sawing off the base, you will open up the pores and the tree will be able to absorb water.
- 3. Place the tree in a stable tree stand away from heating vents and fireplaces. If you’re using lights to decorate, make sure they give off as little heat as possible.
- 4. When you fill up the tree stand with water, make sure that the cut is submerged—look for a stand that can hold about four litres of water. A funnel-type watering can makes watering your tree very easy.
- 5. Check water levels daily and top up as needed. Trees are very thirsty and will use up to a gallon of water a day! A fresh tree, like a sponge, contains more weight in water than the tree itself weighs when dry, so you shouldn’t let the tree dry out.
- 6. If you have a live tree, make sure the soil remains damp but not soaking wet. Check your water level both morning and night for that first week especially.
- Supporting your local tree farms supports the local economy, so look for ones in your area! And many local clubs offer post- holiday tree recycling services to keep the process accessible.