Have you bought your Christmas tree yet? Maybe you’re waiting for the last minute to make sure your tree looks great on the pictures! There a few things you can do to keep your Christmas tree fresh and keep the Christmas spirit in your house for as long as possible!
Making sure you buy a fresh Christmas tree
The first and maybe most obvious thing is to make sure you get a Christmas tree that is as fresh as possible. Unless you cut your own tree, there is no way of knowing how long the trees have been sitting at your local retailer and how they have been maintained. Check that the tree has good colour and fragrance and make sure the needles are resilient when you slide the branches between your fingers or shake the tree. Many brown needles will be an indication that the tree is drying out.
Trimming the base of your Christmas tree
A great thing to do to make sure that your tree can absorb water well is to cut off a disc at the base, of approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch (or more if you need to for height reasons). This will unclog the tree’s vascular system responsible for absorbing the water. A simple straight cut is all you need, there is no evidence that drilling holes or cutting at angles is more efficient.
Watering your Christmas tree
Many people forget that a Christmas tree is like a cut flower and needs to be watered to stay fresh. Most stands will have the capacity to retain some water. Fresh water is all you need, there is no reason to add anything else. Make sure to check the level of the water at least twice a day and top up if necessary. Ideally, immediately put your cut tree in a filled stand. If you forget, try to get the tree in water within 24 hours.
Choosing the appropriate location for your Christmas tree
Choosing a location in your house that will not make your tree dry out faster is very important. Keep your tree away from direct or strong sunlight. Make sure you do not place your tree near heating vents or cold drafts. Heat and temperature changes can really speed up the drying process.
Remember to take your tree out of the house once it’s dry so you can avoid having needles everywhere!