We have all been given advice on the many ways to take care of  Christmas trees, so if you are like me  you will probably be surprised how many of those rules aren’t necessary, so here’s a quick list of things to do when you’re picking out and bringing your tree home.

Before buying the tree, give it a shake or grab a branch of needles and slide your hand towards yourself.  Brown needles are ok to drop, but if green needles are dropping, then the tree isn’t very fresh.tree

If it has been more than 6 hours since cutting it down, or if you bought a pre-cut tree, you will need to cut one inch off the bottom of the trunk because it heals over and won’t take water.

Make the cut straight across the trunk.  Don’t cut the tree at an angle or a V shape, or whittle away the edges to fit into your stand because the outside edges draw up the water most efficiently.

If you are planning on waiting before putting it in it’s stand, put it in a bucket of  water and keep it somewhere cool until you are ready to bring it in the house.

Place the tree in a stand with adequate water capacity.  Be careful because some stands allow there to be water in the stand without the tree being submerged and the bottom of the trunk needs to always be in water to prevent healing over.  Water temperature doesn’t matter and there is no need for aspirin or any other concoctions.

*If you would like to feed your tree, a great product to use is

 Authentic Haven Brand Compost Tea     Annie from Haven Brand Teas suggests to brew 5 gal (Simply steep the compost tea bag in the container you choose)& feed the tree.  She says it will drink about 2 gallon or more on the first day or two.  After that just use your brewed compost tea to keep it watered.  This should make for a very happy Christmas tree!

Another tip to keep your tree lasting longer…don’t put it near any kind of heat source when picking your location.

Use miniature lights that produce less heat, this helps prevent your tree from drying out.

Your tree should last 4 to 5 weeks if you keep it watered and don’t let the water level go below the trunk.

Remember ~ real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource.  They are farmed like a crop so no need for guilt when deciding on a real tree.web-tree-036

~”Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.  In the eyes of children,they are all 30 feet tall.”  ~Larry Wilde

 

 

 

 

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