Answer: When you bring the tree home, cut one quarter inch off the base of the trunk. Keep the tree outdoors, standing in a container of water, protected from the wind and sun until you're ready to decorate. This will help the tree retain its moisture. Place your tree in a stand and fill it with fresh water. If you allow the water level to drop below the fresh cut, a new seal will form over the stem. Display your tree in a cool place but out of a draft. Fireplaces, radiatiors, television sets and other heat sources can prematurely dry your tree. Remember: trees are very thirsty. They may drink between 2 pints to a gallon of water a day. Use a water-bearing stand with a capacity of a gallon or more. Check the stand daily and supply fresh water as needed.
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