- Once home, place the tree in water as soon as possible. The first water you put in the stand should be the hottest tap water you have, not boiling but hot. This will help dissolve any sap and dirt that might have accumulated while bringing your fresh cut home. Most species can go 6 to 8 hours after cutting the trunk and still take up water. Don't bruise the cut surface or get it dirty.
- If you are not putting your tree up right away, trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool location. Place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket that is kept full of water, out of the sun and wind.
- To display the trees indoors, use a stand with an adequate water holding capacity for the tree. As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter. This is the most effective way of maintaining their freshness and minimizing needle loss problems.
- Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
- Do not let your tree run out of water. In the first week, a tree in your home will consume as much as a quart of water per day. A good rule of thumb is that for every 1" of diameter, a tree will use a quart of water per day. For example, a 4" diameter tree will use 1 gallon of water per day for the first several days.
- Keep trees away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight). Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day.
- Use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, will reduce drying of the tree. Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set and do not overload electrical circuit.
- Do not use real candles on trees. Also, we do not recommend candles to be used on brush or greenery.
- We canít stress enough the safest tree is a fresh tree and the very best way to keep your tree fresh is to provide plenty of water to the fresh cut tree daily. In other words, WATER, WATER, AND WATER MORE!
- If you are not putting your tree up for 6-8 hours after it is cut you will need to make a fresh cut. Remove about a 1/2-inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis. Don't cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-shape, which makes it far more difficult to hold the tree in the stand and also reduces the amount of water available to the tree.
- The temperature of the water used to fill the stand is not important and does not affect water uptake.
- Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree. With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water.
- Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does NOT improve water uptake.
Always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.
Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace, it can contribute to creosote buildup.