If you’re like me you may feel that Christmas just doesn’t feel like Christmas without a real Christmas tree. So now that you’ve bought a u-cut Christmas tree or a pre-cut Christmas tree how do you take care of it? Well it does take a little bit of care, but having the smell of a freshly cut tree in your house all season long will be more than worth it.
Tips for Caring for a Cut Christmas Tree
- Make a straight cut on the bottom of the tree and place it immediately in the water pan. The tree should also be re-cut if the base has been dry for over 4 hours.
- Place the Christmas tree in a tree stand that holds at least 1 gallon of water or a good rule of thumb is one quart of water for every inch of the tree’s diameter. During the first day after a tree is cut it will absorb as much as a gallon of water. Thereafter the Christmas tree may require as much as a quart or more of water each day. Using hot tap water will soften up the sap and help water absorption. Watering will keep the tree fragrant and beautiful.
- Always keep the base of the tree in water. If the base dries out resin will form and seal over the cut making it dry out quickly. Plain water is fine. Some tree farms have their own solutions and this is fine. If they have good experience with adding something to the water then it’s worth listening.
- The tree should be kept in a cool section of the house (away from fireplaces, furnace vents, house lighting, sunlight and open drafts). Even slightly lowering the room temperature will help slow down drying and lessen water consumption.
- Check for worn Christmas light cords and use only UL listed electrical cords to avoid a fire hazard when lighting the tree. Also, using smaller lights and turning the lights off at night will reduce the drying effect on the tree.
If properly cared for your freshly fresh Christmas tree will last up to five weeks. When the tree does dry out it should be removed from the house. Be sure to dispose of your Christmas tree safely. Enjoy your Christmas season and enjoy your beautiful, fragrant, real Christmas tree!