Ways to Make Your Christmas Tree Last

by Justin Weinger on December 23, 2006

It’s that time of year again; time for you to go out and get the family Christmas tree.  Here are some tips to help make sure your Christmas stays green for a long time, which will not only make it look better, but will make the tree safer:

  • Cut your own tree.  Obviously, by cutting down your own tree you know that your tree has been getting adequate water and nutrients.  Trees that are pre-cut may have been cut up to two months ago.
  • If you buy a pre-cut tree, ask that they put a fresh cut on the base.  This will allow water to get better absorbed into the tree and helping to keep it greener longer.
  • Get the tree in water as soon as possible.  Even if you leave the tree outside overnight before bringing it into the house, make sure that you put the base in a bucket full of water.
  • Check your tree’s water level each day.  The first couple of days the tree should soak up a lot of water, so make sure you’re checking the water levels frequently and adding water as necessary.
  • Keep the tree away from windows, heating vents, fire places or anything else that might cause the tree to dry out prematurely.  Obviously, putting the tree near any source of heat – especially “dry heat” – will cause the tree to dry out relatively quickly.
  • Buy an artificial tree.  While this may cost a little more up front, over time you should save a lot of money, and since most artificial trees look like the real thing, you’re not losing out on the Christmas spirit.

Also, some people swear that if you add a little bit of sugar to the water that it will help the tree last longer.  I’ve also heard of adding Sprite, bleach and aspirin.  I wasn’t able to find much proof that these items actually add to your Christmas tree’s life.

Obviously, your Christmas tree isn’t going to last forever, but by following these simple tips, you should be able to help it stay healthy and green a little bit longer.


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