Caring for your cut Christmas Tree

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM.

-Cutting off a disk of wood about ½ thick from the base of the trunk is all that is necessary before purring the 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.

-Keep displayed trees away from sources of heat (fireplaces, heater, heat vents, and direct sunlight).  Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day.

-Do not use additives, such as floral preservatives, commercial tree preservatives, molasses, sugar, bleach, soft drink, aspirin, honey, and other concoctions, in the water.  Clean water is all that is need to maintain freshness.

-Displaying trees in water with the proper care is much more effective in reducing fire hazards than spraying trees with flame retardants.  Some flame retardants can damage needles and actually increase the rate of moisture loss from trees.

-Monitor your tree for dryness.  Run your fingers across the needles to determine whether they are dry and brittle.  If the needles break easily or fall off in your hand, the tree is dry and should be removed.

 For more information on Caring for your cut Christmas tree contact the Gulf County Extension Service @ 639-3200, 229-2909 or visit our website:  http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu.



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