Our fresh farm Christmas trees are over 50% water by weight when they are first cut. You can best maintain their quality by following these suggestions:
- If displaying in your own stand, make sure the tree base gets a fresh cut. You can use our free cutting service, or do it yourself. Only a ½-inch disk need be removed.
- We recommend hosing down the tree to remove any loose needles, then allowing the tree to dry before bringing inside.
- Place freshly cut base in water, or fill stand bowl with water as soon as possible. Most trees can go 6-8 hours after a cut and still take up water. Don’t bruise the cut surface or get it dirty.
- Use stands with adequate water supply. A rule-of-thumb is to use a stand with 1 qt. per inch of tree stem diameter.
- Check stand daily to make sure water level is above base of the tree. Refill the stand with cold tap water as needed.
- Using hot water or other additives (aspirin, sugar, bleach, preservative, etc.) has not been shown to be of benefit. Some additives may even cause harm by sealing the tree base.
- Keep trees away from heat sources (fireplaces, vents, sunlight). Your tree will last longer in cooler temperatures.
- We recommend placing a waterproof layer and an absorbent layer (e.g. a garbage bag and old towel) below the tree stand to catch any water spills or leaks.
- If using a nailed-on stand, do not try to adjust tree position by bending the tree in it’s stand as this can break the waterproof seal. Rather, place shims under one or more stand legs.
- See http://www.recycleworks.org/resident/treelist.html for recycling instructions in your area.