Keep Christmas Tree Happy
Setting up a Christmas tree can be a fun and festive activity, but it’s important to take the right steps to ensure the tree stays healthy and vibrant throughout the holiday season.
Before setting up the tree, it’s recommended to first cut about 1⁄2 inch (1.3 centimeters) off of the bottom of the trunk.
This simple step is crucial because it helps to eliminate any sap that can clog the tree’s water-absorbing vessels.
When these vessels become clogged with sap, the tree can’t absorb water as effectively and can quickly become dry and brittle.
By removing the sap and cutting a fresh slice off the trunk, you’re creating a clear path for water uptake and enabling the tree to receive the necessary moisture it needs to thrive and stay green.
Ultimately, taking the time to trim the tree’s trunk is a small but essential step that can go a long way in keeping your Christmas tree looking healthy and beautiful all season long.
Watering Christmas Tree Tips
- Fill the stand with plenty of water and check the water level daily. A freshly-cut tree will absorb about a gallon of water in a day2.
- You can add a preservative to the water to help your tree last longer. You can buy one or make your own with corn syrup, bleach, and lemon juice or vinegar2.
- You can also use a tree watering funnel or an automatic watering system to make watering easier2.