How To Keep Your Christmas Tree Healthy Until Santa Clause Arrives
So here’s the dilemma: you recently purchased your Christmas tree from The City Market, and like every year, you have a problem with keeping it healthy until Christmas Day. You’re not alone, and in truth keeping your Christmas tree healthy can be quite the challenge. But never fear: below are a few tips for keeping your Christmas tree in tip-top shape until Santa arrives!
Water the tree
One of the reasons most Christmas tree owners find their tree starting to dwindle is actually quite simple: they have forgotten to water the tree altogether. A Christmas tree is like any other living thing: it needs water to survive. After you put the Christmas tree in a stand (more on that in a moment), be sure to top off the reservoir of the stand each morning.
Choose the right tree stand
Watering a tree couldn’t be simpler, right? Then how come your tree doesn’t stay healthy? It could be that your tree stand isn’t doing its job properly. According to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), a tree stand should approximately a gallon of water. By using the technique mentioned above (topping off the reservoir), you will be giving your Christmas tree enough water to ensure it stays fresh while reducing needle loss (and of course, to stay beautiful).
Pre-cut tree? Cut across the bottom
If you have purchased a pre-cut tree, it is vital that you cut across the bottom and remove roughly one inch to an inch and a half. Why? According to Popular Mechanics, once a tree is cut, sap begins to seal over the base. This will keep the tree from absorbing an appropriate amount of water as it sits in your tree stand, which in turn will cause it to slowly die. It’s a tip most people never think about, and it could make the difference between having a healthy tree on Christmas Day and one that looks sad and dwindled.
Keep away from direct heat
Heat is the enemy of Christmas trees. Before choosing a spot to sit your Christmas tree, ensure it will not be sitting in the proximity of space heaters, fireplaces (an obvious no-brainer, but should be said anyway), vents, or anything that could blow hot air onto the tree. Christmas trees need to stay cool in order to survive; a corner that is typically cool in the winter is the optimal choice.