Keeping your Christmas tree healthy through the season

Keeping your Christmas tree healthy through the season

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - With Christmas right around the corner, people are starting to get their homes ready for the holiday season, which includes putting up a Christmas tree in the living room.

It adds the holiday spirit to any room it’s put in, however there are a few things to keep in mind when caring for your tree.

The main and most crucial thing is to make sure that your tree stays hydrated. If you see a lot of needles around the tree, it’s a good indication that the tree is in need of a little drink. A fresh cut tree can drink up to a gallon of water a day. A simple spark from lights, or any electrical device can cause the tree to catch fire if not properly watered. So be sure to check the water level of your tree and make sure that the water level in the tree stand doesn’t go below the base of the tree.

When you first get your tree you’ll want to be sure to cut a few inches from the base so the trees pores can open to drink in water. There’s a common misconception that the water will take in the entire base of the tree. When in fact it will only take it in on the outer edge. So its important to get that fresh cut on the bottom of the tree to get the water to come in and so it can keep drinking to last as long as Christmas.

Brad Jordan, who is the manager at Barrs Evergreen Christmas tree farm, says there’s a few signs to look for before you purchase a tree to see if it’s a healthy and well-watered.

He says that even before you purchase a tree be sure to check the bowls that the tree is in to make sure that the tree you’re getting is well-watered. The second thing you can do is grab the needles to see if you have any needles left in your hand. If you have a handful of them its probably going to be dying soon. Also you can take the branch and bend it and if it snaps it mean the tree is probably dry meaning it will be dying quicker.

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