While the artificial trees are convenient and decorate up beautifully, sometimes its nice to have a real one. That Christmas aroma of strong pine scent filling the house, and yes, the needles falling off here and there, you know you have the real deal.
To pick a healthy tree, check the freshness by pulling off one pine needle, bend it in half and if it snaps apart you have a good tree. Taken care of will last you through the holiday season.
Must Have Water:
One of the things this tree needs just like any other plant is water. Once you pick out the perfect tree at a tree lot, have the helpers cut 1″ off the bottom or do it yourself once you get the tree home. This opens the tree to absorb water.
Be sure to give it water within a couple hours after you get it home and check it daily. Do not let the water level get below the fresh cut, or the sap will come out and close off the bottom and prevent the tree from getting water. Try to find a stand that will allow about a gallon of water for the tree. The first day home it can drink up to two gallons.
Do not put your Christmas tree near any heat source, like a fireplace, wood stove space heater or computers. This can sap up the moisture and cause a fire.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!