Trees are natural perishable products and each one is unique. The following tips will help you maintain a healthy tree during the holidays. Trees begin to age once brought indoors. Access to water, heat, humidity all play a role longevity of ‘freshness’. Even a tree that is well looked after may dry out and droop a bit quicker than expected.
KEEP YOUR TREE FRESH
- Trees may retain some summer growth and often shed needles if they are damp or not shaken well out at harvest - this is not a concern or indicative of an unhealthy tree
- Consider adding a humidifier in the room and turning the thermostat down
- Avoid heat and air from blowing near the tree
Bend a needle from the tree
- If fresh, fir needles snap and pine needles bend but will not break
- If you pull along a branch, the needles should stay put
HOW TO WATER YOUR TREE
- We cut the trunk before delivering your tree. Put the tree in water as soon as possible upon delivery (max 2- 3 hours or recut)
- If you can't set it up right away, store your tree in a cool place (maximum 2-3 days to preserve freshness)
- Use a high-quality stand that's stable and big enough for your tree. It must contain enough water
- Do not whittle the trunk to fit the stand as the outer layers absorb water best
- Check the water level daily (the trunk should always be in the water)
Not all trees drink much water - if yours doesn't, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll dry out early.
You can try pouring hot water (not boiling) into the stand to loosen any sap that sealed the bottom of the stump.