One of my favorite chores at the store this time of year is to water the Christmas trees. At least twice a day we walk through the tree area and spray the foliage of the Fraser Firs to keep them nice and fresh and hydrated. We also keep them under the shade cloth to protect them from the sun.
Once you get a cut Christmas tree home, here are a few tips on how to keep it fresh throughout the holiday season.
- When we sell a tree we will cut the base of the tree off, perpendicular to the trunk, before it is taken home. Keep this cut as it is. Don’t ‘chisel down’ the tree to make it fit your stand. Don’t drill a hole into the base of the tree. And don’t take off bark to make it fit the stand. The tree will drink in water best from the outermost layers of wood so they are important to leave as is.
- Keep your tree in a type of tree-stand that holds water. Lots of water. Stands should be large enough to hold about 1 quart of water for each inch of tree trunk diameter.
- Check the water at least once a day. Make sure the water level is high enough that the bottom of the tree is covered.
- Keep your tree far from sources of heat like heat system vents, fireplaces, or a sunny window. Use low-heat lighting like mini lights or LED lights.
Our trees look especially good this year. We have Fraser Firs in a 6-7ft size ($49.99) and a 7-8ft size ($74.99). Please let us know if you have any questions. 512-251-4428