How to keep your Christmas tree fresh for longer
We are all far too familiar with getting all our decorations ready the days leading up to Christmas, just to notice how our gorgeously decorated tree is already looking dry and brittle...
Just a few days of the heat being cracked up and a bit of neglect can be all it takes to dry out your fresh tree. We at LÖV have done some research and compiled the best tips for making sure that your tree looks alive and well on Christmas morning (or evening, depending on when you celebrate).
1. Choose a healthy Christmas tree
First of all, note that if you prefer to buy your tree from a garden centre or down at your local town square, it’s likely the tree is already too old. Unfortunately, big tree sellers start chopping down trees weeks in advance to make sure they have enough when it comes to start selling them. So, the best thing to do is to head out yourself to your closest Christmas tree farm and cut down your own when it’s time.
2. Trim the trunk
Even if you decide to buy a tree from your local store, make sure the seller makes a fresh cut straight across the base of the trunk to aid water absorption. This gets rid of any dried-over resin that might block the tree from absorbing water. When you get home, if you’re not putting your tree up right away, place it in a bucket of water.
3. Rest your tree
You should always store your tree in a room (or garage) that is warmer than outside but cooler than inside. That way the tree doesn’t get a shock when its placed indoors.
4. Trim again
When you are ready to bring the tree inside, make another fresh one inch cut off the bottom of the trunk. Once inside, place it in a sturdy stand that holds art least 4 litres of water.
Don’t forget to regularly give your Christmas tree water – too little can cause resin to form, which means the tree won’t absorb and it will dry out quickly. Check the water levels daily and refill as needed.
Along with sunlight things like radiators, central heating, air ducts, oven, candles and open fireplace can contribute to your tree drying out at a much quicker pace. If your home is prone to dryness, try using a humidifier to add moisture to the room.
When buying your tree...
- Look for a healthy, green tree with the least number of brown needles.
- Select a tree displayed in a shady location. Avoid picking from a sunny area.
- Run a few branches through your hands. The needles should feel pliable and not fall off.
- Raise the tree a few inches, then drop the trunk into the ground. Very few needles should fall off, but it’s fine if the tree loses a few brown ones.
- When you lift the tree, it should not feel too light, this could be an indication that the tree is already on its way to dry out.
Also read: DIY: Make your own Christmas wreath