Real Tree Care
A few helpful tree care tips will enhance the enjoyment of your real Christmas tree and keep it fresh and fragrant throughout the holiday season.
If you are not setting it up immediately, keep the tree outdoors, or in an unheated area, in a container of water. Protect it from wind and sun until you’re ready to decorate. This helps the tree retain moisture for 10-14 days prior to bringing into your home.
Before you bring the tree into your home and place it in a stand, make a thin fresh cut of one-quarter inch off the base of the trunk. A sliver or wafer is all that is needed. This re-opens the pores of the tree’s stem so it can take up water. Immediately place it in the stand with fresh water. Don’t allow the water to drop below the fresh cut or the stem will reseal. Additives, chemicals and homemade recipes add no benefits to the water uptake or the in-home display length of your tree.
Remember, real trees are very thirsty. They may drink from 1 quart to 1 gallon of water per day. Use a stand with a 1 gallon capacity or more. Check it daily and supply fresh water as needed. Happy Holidays!
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CANAAN FIR $15/foot (fresh precut) or $17.50/foot (cut your own):
This tree species is an intermediate species between Balsam Fir and Fraser Fir and incorporates some of the best qualities of each. Canaan has a medium green color, nice fragrance, and the best needle retention of the species we grow. It is native to the Canaan Valley of West Virginia and is well suited Mid Atlantic growing seasons and climates.
FRASER FIR $15/foot (fresh precut):
A holiday favorite, Fraser fir has deep green needles and blue-gray (glaucous) underside. It has stout branches that are spaced in layers to allow easy decorating.