Christmas is arguably the most festive time of year. Apart from the occasional Grinch, most people love the opportunity to decorate with colorful lights and festive ornaments. The mainstay of any Christmas decorating is, of course, the Christmas tree. One problem with live Christmas trees, however, is that they aren’t fully alive when you purchase them. Like cut flowers, they are actually in a state of dying, and thus, they can lose their color and even their needles long before you are ready to take them down. This article will present several easy to follow tips on how to keep your Christmas tree healthier so that you can enjoy it longer.
Choose your tree carefully
Sometimes, when we wait till the last minute to buy our tree, we get stuck with trees that have been sitting around for some time. These specimens may already be losing their needles, and that makes for a tough job keeping them looking good once you bring them home. Thus, first and foremost, be sure to buy your tree early in the season so that you can get a fresher tree. Caring for a tree soon after it is cut will ensure that it keeps its color for weeks of enjoyment.
Trim the base of the trunk
Once a tree is cut, the base of the trunk begins to harden. While this is meant to protect the tree, it can in fact be a problem. As the base of the trunk hardens it becomes less open to receiving water. By trimming the base of the trunk you expose softer wood that will absorb water better. It is advised to not only trim the trunk when you buy it, but also trim it again when you get home if you have more than a five minute drive. This is because the trunk will start hardening again as soon as it is cut, so for best results, make sure the cut is fresh when you put it into water.
Avoid heat and direct sunlight
This is a bit of a no-brainer. If you want to keep something from drying out, then keep it away from any conditions that will cause it to do so. Heat vents, radiators, or direct sunlight windows are killers for any Christmas trees. Thus, in order to get the longest life from your tree, keep it away from heat and direct sunlight.
Add sugar to the water
A final tip is to add sugar to the water. Just as sugary drinks give you an extra boost of energy, so too will sugar water help your tree. A couple spoonfuls is all that it takes. Some plant companies offer specially made additives to help keep your tree vibrant, at little extra cost.
If you stick to the simple tips provided in this article, you will be sure to have a healthy Christmas tree for longer than you might expect. Using all of these tips can allow for up to a full two months before the tree begins to dry out. Hopefully this article will help you have an even happier Christmas!