Fresh Cut Christmas Tree Care

This is a perfect weekend to select your fresh cut Christmas tree if you haven't done so already (or unbox an artificial one from storage). Time is running out! 

Our favorite Christmas tree is the Frasier fir since it retains its needles nicely, has nice branching, and is ideal for handling the weight of some ornaments. Pines and cedars also are nice. 

Here are some tips that we've talked about during this week's program: 

*Shake your potential tree to see if there is significant needle drop. If there is, your tree may have dried out significantly during these temperature fluctuations. These trees may have been harvested a month or so ago and trucked in from the East or West Coast. (Needle drop is likely not an issue if you are cutting your own tree from a tree farm). 

*Once you've found the perfect tree, cut several inches off of the bottom to help with water uptake and retention. 

*Water first with warm water then make sure there is a constant supply of water in your tree stand. 

*Avoid many 'old wives tales' of adding extras to the water such as pennies, soda, etc. Your tree will be just fine with water!

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