If you have a real cut pine tree to decorate for Christmas, here are some tips to choose the right Christmas tree and make it last, stay green and fresh for as long as possible.
The fresher a tree is when you buy it, the longer it will last. To find the freshest tree:
Choose a good store that ideally display their trees in buckets of water and sheltered from harsh weather.
A fresh, healthy tree will be bright green without dull colour or browning needles. The limbs should still be somewhat flexible, and it should shed very few needles when tapped or shaken.
Potted trees last longer and can be
replanted to add to your landscaping.
Tips to Make a Christmas Tree Last Longer
Cut 1/2 an inch off the base of the trunk and immediately place in clean water. This will open the pores through which the tree can absorb water to stay fresh.
Keep your tree out of direct sunlight and away from fireplaces.
Trim away lower branches or any interior branches necessary to shape the tree. Pine trees lose an incredible amount of moisture through their needles, and by removing some of those needles you can help the tree stay fresh longer.
Use a tree stand that has a large water capacity.
Refill the water twice daily.
If the tree appears to be drying out, use warm or hot water to refill the stand. Warmer water can be absorbed more quickly and will help rejuvenate the tree.
A litre or so of water to keep a tree fresh and lush.
5-2 cups of sugar will serve as “food” for the tree.
3-4 teaspoons of lemon juice or vinegar to will raise the acidity of the water.
3-4 teaspoons of bleach will act as a disinfectant to prevent mould, fungus, or mildew from growing in the tree stand or infecting the tree itself. Do not be tempted to use extra bleach, however, as too much can be harmful to the tree.
It is easy to make a Christmas tree last longer, if first you choose a fresh, healthy tree and then you care for it properly. With plenty of water, the right location and careful monitoring, a cut tree can last for several weeks and bring a lot of joy into your home throughout the season.