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How To Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh


Select the freshest tree possible. Ideally, buy one that is cut the day you bring it home.

2. Cut 1 inch off the base, place the tree in a bucket of water, and stand it in a cool, shady place if you don't plan to set it up right away.

3. Cut 1/2 inch to 1 inch off the base of the trunk when you bring it inside to set up.

4. Place in a tree stand that holds at least 1 gallon of water. Add plain water.

5. Water the tree every day.

6. Avoid allowing the water level to drop below the cut end of the trunk. If it does, a seal will form and prevent any more water from being absorbed by the tree. You'll need to make another cut in the trunk if this occurs.

7. Keep the tree away from the fireplace, vents and other sources of heat.

8. Spray tree with an antitranspirant, which is a clear film that slows water loss from the needles. Spray it on before trimming the tree.

Miniature light sets produce less heat than the standard-size lights, so the tree will dry out less quickly if you use them.

Use hot water in your stand.

This may sound crazy, but if your tree isn't drawing water, use hot water. It will melt the seal at the end of the trunk.

By: Lisa on Mon, Jan 9th 2006

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