How to care for your fresh cut Christmas tree11/11/2016

How to care for your fresh cut Christmas Tree


When you purchase a fresh cut Christmas tree from Somerset Nursery you are getting a freshly cut, locally grown Christmas tree.  Make sure your Christmas tree lasts through out the Holiday Season by following these tips.  Repurposing your tree after the Holiday Season will help the environment and/or wildlife.


Before you take your beautiful tree home, we will make a fresh cut to remove about a ½ inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk, this will ensure your tree will take up water and will maintain its freshness and have minimal needle loss.


As soon as get your tree home, if you are NOT setting it up right away, place the base of the tree in a bucket of water, do not let the base of the tree dry out.


If you are setting your tree up right away, be sure your stand has a reservoir for water.  The base of the tree should remain under water.  The first few days the tree will drink a lot of water so be sure to check it twice a day.  With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water.


The best location for your Christmas tree is away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents and direct sunlight). 


Use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights or LED’s, will reduce drying of the tree.


Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree.  If worn, replace with a new set.


Do not overload electrical circuits, and always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.


Monitor your tree for freshness, at some point your tree will slow its intake of water and start to dry out.   After Christmas or if the tree is very dry, remove it from the house.