When it comes to bringing a live tree inside for the holiday season, do you worry that your tree will not look as healthy after a few days or even within the first week? Here are some steps to take to keep your tree looking as good as the day you brought it home:
Step 1: Trim the Trunk! Your tree might have a seal on it from sap that blocks water absorption. By simply cutting about 1 inch off the base of the trunk, you will get rid of any dried-over resin that might block the tree from absorbing water. If you notice your tree start to wilt after a while, trim the trunk again to ensure there is no blockage.
Step 2: Water, Water, Water! With a live tree, it is crucial to use a tree stand that is made specifically for real trees. These stands are designed to hold water whereas artificial stands are not. When you get home, if you’re not putting your tree up right away, place it in a bucket of water. (Note that you should always store real trees in an unheated garage or area that’s protected from wind and freezing temperatures.)
Water prevents your tree from drying out which is a major cause of the increase in house fires during the holiday season. A tree will absorb as much as a gallon of water or more in the first 24 hours and one or more quarts a day thereafter. Water is important because it prevents the needles from drying and dropping off and the branches from drooping. Water also keeps the tree fragrant.. It is vital to make sure your tree always has water available.
Step 3: Avoid Heat Sources! Keep the tree away from heating ducts or other heat sources. In fact, the lower the temperature, the better the tree will do. The closer to a heat source you have your tree, the more quickly it will dry out, causing the needles to fall off and create a potential fire hazard. It is advised to acclimate your tree before placing it directly in your house if you have a basement or garage. This will allow the tree to adjust easier to it’s new environment. Another tip is to add a humidifier to the room if you have issues with your tree drying out quickly.