Christmas Tree Care - Knowledgebase Question

Columbia, AL
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Question by mew123
December 12, 1997
What is the recipe for keeping a cut christmas tree fresh?

Answer from NGA
December 12, 1997
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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