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The Secret to a Long-Lasting Healthy Christmas Tree


According to National Christmas Tree Association, more than 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States each year. Most live Christmas trees can stay healthy for up to five weeks after being cut and brought indoors. But a sad reality is that many homeowners experience an early death.

The number one secret to keeping a Christmas tree in good health is to keep it submerged in two inches of water at all times. As soon as you bring your Christmas tree home, place it on a treestand and add enough water to cover two inches of the trunk. Check the water level often to see how much water your plant is absorbing. You may need to add more water 1 or 2 times a day. Doing this can help prevent pine needles from falling to the floor and help keep your branches in good shape.

Submerged in two inches of water at all times.

Other Tips for Keeping a Healthy Christmas Tree


Monitor humidity levels

In addition to keeping your plants well watered, monitor the humidity levels in your home. When heat is high and humidity is low, a tree will begin to drop pine needles for self-preservation. If the humidity level in your home drops below 30%, run a humidifier to restore moisture to the air.


PreCut Cut an inch from the base of the plant

Tree farms sometimes cut evergreens up to a week in advance. When a plant is cut and not immediately placed in water, the cut part releases sap, sealing off the lower part. When this happens, the plant cannot absorb water properly.

If you haven’t cut down your Christmas tree yourself, cut off at least an inch of the bottom of the trunk. You can use a tree saw or ask the tree farm you bought it from to do it for you. Then, when you get home, immediately put the plant in water so it doesn’t re-expose itself.


Dispose of your tree before it starts shedding pine needles

Even with constant watering, there will come a time when your plant’s health declines. If you don’t want to deal Hundreds or thousands Drop pine needles, dispose of your tree before it dries.

There are many ways to dispose of a Christmas tree, including participating in your city’s Christmas tree collection event, turning the tree into mulch, sinking it in a pond, or leaving it in the forest.



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