Caring for Your Christmas Tree
Do all species keep equally well after harvest?
Certain species simply last longer and remain fresh much longer than others. Some of the best are the North Carolina Fraser fir, Balsam fir, Scotch pine and Douglas-fir. Regardless of species, consumers must make the final judgment of quality by looking at, touching, feeling, smelling and shaking the tree.
How much of the trunk should be cut off before setting up the tree?
Removing a thin disk (1/4 to 1/2 inch) off the trunk before placing the tree in a water holding stand is all that is needed. It is always a good practice to make a new cut before putting the tree into the stand.
What is the minimum amount of water a tree stand should hold?
As a general rule, a tree can use up to a quart of water per day for each inch of stem diameter. The warmer the temperature and the lower the relative humidity where the tree is displayed, the greater the amount of water required by the tree.
If the base of the trunk has a split, will this affect the quality of the tree?
It should not affect the ability of the tree to take up water, assuming a fresh cut is made on the base, nor have any effect on how long the tree lasts after it is displayed.
Download a Tree Care poster from the NC Christmas Tree Association
Christmas Tree Safety
Christmas trees do not start fires, people do! Here are some helpful hints so that you and your family can enjoy the Christmas season and your Fraser fir tree to the fullest.
- Check all electric lights and connections before decorating. Don’t use any lights with worn or frayed cords.
- NEVER use lighted candles on your tree.
- Don’t overload the electrical outlets.
- Place your tree away from fireplaces, radiators, television sets, and other heat sources. These elements can prematurely dry out your tree.
- Always make sure that your tree has plenty of water to prevent drying.
- ALWAYS turn off all decorations before going to bed at night or anytime that you leave home.
- Sensible precautions like these will help you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season. Remember that it is not the trees that cause the fires!