Christmas trees have long been a hallmark of the holiday season, but if they are not properly cared for, they may not last the entire season. On the other hand, freshly cut Christmas trees taken care of properly might last for several weeks.
Giving Christmas trees plenty of water is the number one rule for keeping them alive for a long time. For Christmas trees, many people have come up with bizarre mixtures, including adding substances like bleach, sugar, syrup, 7-up, or vodka to the water. However, studies have revealed that the best option for caring for Christmas trees is plain water. Additionally, the water need not be fancy in any way, including being distilled or packaged. It’s fine to drink tap water.
Making a fresh cut at the base of the trunk is beneficial to extending the life of Christmas trees. The tree should be promptly submerged in water after making a straight cut about an inch from the end of the trunk. This cut makes it easier for Christmas trees to absorb water from the tree stand.
Even if the tree won’t be put up immediately away, cutting the trunk and putting it in a bucket of water is still a smart move. The tree should thereafter be kept in an unheated, protected, shaded environment. To further facilitate water absorption, the tree’s end should be chopped once more before it is set up.
The kind of tree stand used with Christmas trees affects how long they endure. The water reservoir for most Christmas trees has to hold at least a half gallon of water, but the more the better. Remember that within the first 24 hours of a new cut, freshly cut Christmas trees can absorb up to one gallon, if not more, of water. Depending on the temperature of the room and the number of lights and other decorations on the tree, they will continue to absorb one or more quarts per day.
Recognizing Christmas Trees that are drying out:
Water absorption is one of the most reliable indicators that Christmas trees are starting to dry up. A tree in the process of drying out uses water much less frequently or never at all. If Christmas trees aren’t routinely watered, their needles will dry out and fall off as the tree dries. The tree will also lose its scent, and the boughs will droop. Trees placed close to radiators, air vents, TVs, and fireplaces have a propensity to dry up more quickly.
Christmas trees must also be kept moist because, once the water has subsided below the base of the tree for four to six hours, a dried sap seal will develop over the end of the tree. As a result, even once the reservoir is filled again, the trees are unable to absorb water. It is possible to fix this issue by re-cutting the tree’s bottom, although it is challenging to do so with a decorated tree.