If you’re looking forward to Christmas trees and cheerful decorations this year, you may need some tips to keep your tree alive and thriving throughout the season. When you get a high-quality Christmas tree from a local tree grower, it should last five weeks or more. That’s plenty of time to enjoy it from late November through New Year’s Eve. But what happens when your planted Christmas tree is dying or appears dead?
Here’s how to take care of your Christmas tree so it lasts as long as possible.
Is my Christmas tree dead?
First, you need to know the signs of a dead or dying Christmas tree. Trees are notoriously slow to show signs of problems, so you might not realize it’s dying until it’s too late. Brown or falling needles are a sure sign that your Christmas tree is dying. If it happens a few days after you bring the tree home, chances are that it was already in poor health. You can always go back to the lot where you bought it and let them know there was an issue—they may offer to replace it.
How to take care of a planted Christmas tree
Here’s how to maximize your tree’s holiday lifespan:
- Pick a healthy tree: Pick a tree that’s showing signs of great health. There should be very few brown needles. If you run your hands through the branches, the needles should feel pliable and soft. It’s also a good idea to pick a tree from a shady part of the lot, as they’re less likely to dry out.
- Trim the trunk: When you get your tree, the seller should make a straight cut across the base of the trunk. This will enable water absorption. When you bring it home and you’re ready to bring it inside, make another one-inch cut across the base of the trunk, then put it in a gallon or more of water immediately.
- Water often: For every inch of the trunk’s diameter, add a gallon of water to the tree stand base. Check the water level daily, and refill as needed.
- Mist the needles: Wintertime usually means warm, dry indoor temperatures. This can dry out your Christmas tree faster than you’d prefer. To combat this, make sure there’s plenty of water in the stand, then mist the needles with a spray bottle of water.
- Keep away from heat sources: Fireplaces, heating vents and other heat sources can cause your tree to dry out quickly. To keep it looking lush and green longer, keep it away from these heat sources.
- Take it down before it dries out: Finally, take your Christmas tree down before it dries out. This will reduce the potential of a fire hazard, and will save you the trouble of vacuuming up dropped needles.
If your planted Christmas tree seems to be dying, try the above tricks to revive it—it should help you extend its life a bit more.
For more tree care information and services, call Neumann & Sons Tree Service today.
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