How to care for your tree:
Here are some tips to help prolong the life of your Christmas tree:
- When you get your tree home, place it in a cool, sheltered area, such as a unheated garage or basement, where it is protected from the wind and sun until you are ready to put it up. This will keep the tree from drying out;
- When ready to put your tree up, make a fresh cut on the trunk at least one inch thick above the original cut to enable the tree to take up water. (The cut removes possible clotted resins that could prevent the tree from absorbing water);
- Place the tree in a large capacity, water-holding stand. Don't let the water supply run out because a seal will form on the tree trunk and the tree cannot take on any more water, thus causing the tree to dry out more quickly;
- Check the water supply daily. A tree may absorb from a pint to a gallon of water each day, depending upon its size and condition;
- Do not place the tree near heat sources, such as a fireplace, heating vent, etc. as this will tend to dry it out prematurely.