You have chosen your perfect tree. Now, let us help you preserve it so it stays fresh through the entire holiday season. Providing the tree with a little love and care will go a long way in keeping it vibrant.
First, refresh the tree by making a straight cut, taking one inch off the butt and immediately place it in water. This improves water uptake. Cutting a refresh cookie off of the tree base is important only when your tree has been cut for over 4 hours.
Second, place the tree in a stand that can hold at least 1 gallon of water. You should expect the tree to take up additional water. Water the new tree until uptake stops.
Always keep the base of the tree in water. If the base dries out, resin will form over the cut end of the tree and it will not be able to absorb water. Thus, it will dry out quickly. There are many commercially prepared mixes that people add into the water but studies have shown that they are not necessary. Plain water is still best for keeping your tree fresh.
Remember to check for worn Christmas tree light electrical cords and always unplug the tree at night. Use UL approved electrical decorations and cords. And, using miniature lights will produce less heat and reduce the drying effect on the tree or any chance of a fire.
Your fresh cut tree when properly cared for should last you at least five weeks before drying out. Follow these tips and enjoy your Tom Sawyer Christmas tree!