Ask Our Experts: Fresh Tree Tips


As we hang the last ornaments and drape the final strands of tinsel, we asked our nursery experts for keeping trees fresh and green until Christmas morning. With proper care, our fresh-cut spruces, firs, and pines can maintain their needles for a month or more-- lodgepole pines and Fraser firs can keep theirs for up to 10 weeks! Read on for our top three tips to keep your tree looking merry throughout the season.

1. When you receive your tree, create a new cut 1-1.5” above the base of the trunk. This step is key, as sap buildup from the old cut will prevent water intake.

2. Immediately place the tree in a bucket or stand filled with water to preserve needle retention. Keep the final cut of the trunk submerged in water at all times to prevent sap from sealing. A general rule for watering is: add 1 quart of water per inch of trunk diameter each day.

3. Do not place your tree near drafts or excessive heat, which can cause early needle drop. Use proper lighting and decorations to reduce fire risk. A room humidifier can also help to keep the tree fresher longer.

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