Having a real Christmas tree is the best way to get into the Holiday atmosphere. And the better care you provide, the longer it will continue to look jolly. So, what actions do you need to take if you want your Christmas tree to last longer?
Find a stand which fits your tree trunk
Trying to make the trunk fit into the stand you already have by whittling its sides is a no-no. It is the outer layers of wood that best absorb water, so damaging or removing them will result in your tree dying of thirst.
Cut the the base of the trunk
Remove about 3-4 centimetres (around 2 inches) from the base of the trunk. Make this cut perpendicular to the stem axis. The surface you get after cutting should be flat and not a v-shape or at an angle. This will make securing the tree into the stand much easier and make for better and more even water absorption.
Some species of Christmas trees can last up to 6 to 8 hours after their trunk base has been cut. Just keep them in a cold place. This gives you time to find a suitable tree stand if you haven’t already.
Keep the stand full of water at all times
Freshly cut Christmas trees are very thirsty and can consume up to 4 litres (1 gallon) of water in the first 24 hours. The water temperature is not of much importance to the well being of the tree and rate of consumption. Just remember to never let the water go below the tree’s base.
Keep tree away from heat sources
Obviously this will be easier said than done, since our living rooms are warm. The point is not to place your tree near the fireplace, air conditioner or another source of heat. The warmer it is in your home, the more water the tree will require.
Christmas lights are also a source of heat. That’s why we recommend you use miniature Christmas lights. This will also help your tree retain its freshness for a longer period of time.
Collect any fallen pine needles
Regardless of how well you treat your real Christmas tree, some needless will always fall off. Don’t clean them with a vacuum cleaner, because it might damage the machine. Instead use a dustpan and brush. Clean any fallen needles daily to protect any infants and pets who might try and eat them.
So there you have it, your very own guide to keeping your real Christmas tree in a tip-top shape. Taking the easy steps above will set you up with a lovely looking Christmas tree for the holiday to come.
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