Tips&TricksKeep your Christmas tree fresh longer: Expert tips for choosing and maintaining a live tree

Keep your Christmas tree fresh longer: Expert tips for choosing and maintaining a live tree

The man is carrying a Christmas tree.
The man is carrying a Christmas tree.
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9:32 AM EST, December 21, 2023

If you opt for a live tree, consider getting one that's in a pot. This choice significantly enhances the tree's longevity as it can outlast cut trees. Once you've made your purchase, proper care is vital for maintaining the freshness and vitality of your tree. But how do you ensure the needles won't start falling from the tree?

Making your tree last longer

If you have a live tree at home, you're likely wondering how to make it last as long as possible. This isn't easy, as even the most resilient species require proper care. Neglect can lead to the tree shedding needles, which not only requires constant clean-up but also diminishes the charm of even the most beautifully decorated tree.

Although you can find numerous products dedicated to Christmas tree care in stores, they tend to be expensive. No one wants to incur unnecessary costs before Christmas. However, there is a solution – using homemade products. Instead of watering the tree with just water, try adding two tablespoons of sugar or salt to each quart of tap water.

This method suits both potted trees and those in stands. Both sugar and salt help maintain the vitality of the tree. Repeat this every few days for the best results. It's also worth noting that these household items can strengthen the root system of a potted tree, making it easier to transplant the tree to the ground in the spring without worrying about its condition.

Choosing a live tree

The species of the tree is an important consideration for ensuring longevity. The Nordmann Fir is a great choice known for its durability, and even without decorations, it still looks good. Other popular choices include the Silver Spruce, perfect for minimalist decor, and the classic live option, the Common Pine.

When purchasing a Christmas tree, pay special attention to the condition of the needles. They should be green, not brown or rusty. Also, check that the tree's branches are flexible, as this indicates freshness.

Thanks to this mixture, the Christmas tree will stand for a long time.
Thanks to this mixture, the Christmas tree will stand for a long time.© Pixabay | Hans
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