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Caring for a Real Christmas Tree

A special note if there are extreme cold temperatures (freezing and below): It is a good idea to let your tree acclimate from the below freezing temperatures to the temperature in your house. It may put the tree uder a bit of stress to make that sudden change. You can place the tree in a bucket of water in your garage, or somewhere where it can warm up a bit for a day before bringing it into the house. They are basically frozen, so handle with care!



With the proper care, the perfect tree you have selected will stay green and healthy throughout the holidays, minimizing clean-up and maximizing the joy of your holiday. Here are a few tips:

  • Make a fresh cut on the bottom of the tree to open up the pores, which have been clogged by sap. Cut off at least one-half inch. If you do not make a fresh cut, the tree will not be able to drink water. Make sure to do this step right before putting the tree into the water stand, even though you may have just cut your tree on the same day.

  • After the cut is made, put the tree in water as soon as possible. The longer the time between when the tree is given a fresh cut and when it is put into water, the less ability the tree has to absorb water.

  • Rinse water reservoir of the tree stand with a mixture of one capful of bleach and one cup of water before inserting the tree. This reduces the growth of micro-organisms that can block the tree's ability to absorb water. Be careful to avoid spilling or splashing the bleach on carpeting, etc.

  • Place the tree in a sturdy stand, which will hold at least one gallon of water after the tree has been placed in it. Fill with plain water.

  • If the tree is not going into the house soon after purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of warm water on a cool porch or patio away from wind and sun in warm climates, and protected from freezing temperatures and wind in cold climates.

  • An average tree may consume between one quart and one gallon of water per day. If the water level drops below the cut end of the trunk, a seal will form and no more water will be absorbed by the tree unless another fresh cut is made. So don't forget to add water every day.

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