How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh
The holiday season is here once again, and you’ve just purchased your first real Christmas tree. While this can be a wonderful tradition, it can also be a challenge if you don’t know how to keep your tree fresh.
Below, with some help from NC State extension forestry specialist Jeff Owen, we’ve compiled a list of tips that will help keep your Christmas tree fresh throughout the holiday season.
5 Tips for Keeping a Fresh Christmas Tree
- Before putting your tree into a stand, cut half an inch or more off the trunk. This exposes the vessels so that the tree can take up water more easily.
- Once cut, you should immediately put your tree in a stand with plain water only. The stand’s reservoir should be large enough to hold at least a gallon of water. Check it daily and keep it full throughout the holiday season.
- Preservatives and other additives won’t extend the life of your Christmas tree. No matter what the label says, plain water is best. Well-hydrated trees will resist burning if there’s an electrical fire.
- To keep your tree from drying out, you should avoid displaying it near heat sources like air vents, fireplaces, wood stoves and even sunny windows.
- If you want to avoid an electrical fire, you should use LED lights that use less than 5% of the electrical demand on receptacles compared to incandescent bulbs. You should also inspect your lights regularly and unplug them when you leave the house or go to sleep.