Real Fresh Cut Christmas Tree Care Tips

By | September 4, 2019| 0 Comments

Christmas trees like all living plants are composed mainly of water. By taking proper care of your Christmas tree you can keep your Santa’s Sleigh Real Christmas Tree supple and fresh for the entire Christmas season. Below are a number of tips relating to the care of displayed Christmas Trees:

  • The most effective way of maintaining your Real Christmas tree’s freshness and suppleness and minimizing needle loss from it is to keep the trunk immersed in water in a reservoir style Christmas tree stand.
  • Your tree will have a fresh cut given to it when we ship it. After you receive your tree and just you stand it in your water stand it is best to put a new fresh cut on the Christmas tree stump again. This is easily done by making a fresh cut by removing about a 1/2-inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the Real Christmas tree in the stand. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis. Don’t cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-shape, which makes it far more difficult to hold the tree in the stand and also reduces the amount of water available to the tree.
  • Once home, place the tree in water as soon as possible. All of our Fresh Cut Real Christmas trees are shipped with a a package of tree preservative. Add the package of Tree preservative to the water following the directions on the preservative package Most species can go 6 to 8 hours after cutting the trunk and still take up water. Don’t bruise the cut surface or get it dirty.
  • If needed, trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool location. Place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket that is kept full of water.
  • To display the trees indoors, use a stand with an adequate water holding capacity for the tree. As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter. Devices are available that help maintain a constant water level in the stand.
  • Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are like your blood vessels and are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
  • Keep displayed trees away from sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight). Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day.
  • The temperature of the water used to fill the stand is not important and does not affect water uptake.
  • Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree. With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water.
  • Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does not improve water uptake.
  • Use of LED lights that produce low heat will reduce drying of the tree.
  • Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set.
  • Do not overload electrical circuits.
  • Always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.
  • Monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the tree is dry, remove it from the house.
  • Environmentally conscience disposal of your tree is very important. Go to and type in your ZIP code to find a recycling program near you.
  • Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace.

Prepared by Dr. Gary Chastagner and Dr. Eric Hinesley
Edited by the Scientific Research Committee of the National Christmas Tree Association
Note: The information above was provided by the National Christmas Tree Association . We would like to thank the NCTA for all of their research and support.

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