For many of you, it’s time to decorate your home with a Christmas Tree to add to the Holiday Spirit. If you are looking for a live tree, here are some tips that may help.

BUYING YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

If you do not own a fresh cut tree stand, that might be the first thing you need to purchase, a tree stand that holds a gallon of water or more.

Now let's go find the perfect tree.

If possible, buy a freshly-cut tree from a reputable nursery or cut your own. Keep in mind that many of the trees for sale were cut weeks before.

The top-selling Christmas trees, as reported by growers across the United States, are the Scotch pine, Douglas fir, white pine, and balsam fir, in that order.

If there are lots of needles on the ground around the trees, go elsewhere.

To check a tree’s freshness, pull your hand towards you along the branch. Needles should not fall off.

If you want to keep your Christmas tree potted and in the house after Christmas, a Norfolk Island pine would be the best choice—they are commonly kept as houseplants. Check with a local florist or nursery in your area.

CARING FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

When you bring your tree home, saw a couple inches off the bottom of the trunk before setting it in the tree stand with water. When trees are cut, pitch oozes out and seals the pores. By sawing off the base, you will open up the pores, and the tree will be able to absorb water.

Watering is critical. A freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours!

Fill the tree stand with water and keep it filled.

Never let the water level go below the tree’s base.

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Merry Christmas and enjoy your tree!!

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