Christmas is the best season to get together. Families just reconnect and bond over the holiday. Admit it, Christmas won’t be complete without having a Christmas Tree at home with Christmas gifts displayed underneath it. And at some point in your childhood, you kind of wish that you have a real Christmas tree and wondered how it would look like in person.
There are a lot of garden shops and even from your local florist who sells a real Christmas tree. Its prize range from $25 to $2500 depending on the size and variety. Should you decide to have a real Christmas tree at home, here are some of the tips that you need to remember for it to last longer.
Handle your Christmas tree properly.
When you just bought your Christmas tree from a local garden store, make sure to wrap it on your way home. Most people place their tree on top of their vehicle. If you are not covering your tree, it can cause damage. The very first step in taking care of your own Christmas tree is the proper handling of it. The wind can damage the tree especially its needles.
However, if your car has a baggage rack, just tie the tree twice to both of its sides. If you do not have one, you can cover the twine or rope through the windows at the front and back of your car. But still, cover the tree with a blanket perhaps.
Re-cut the stem of your Christmas tree.
You have to keep in mind that a Christmas tree is a giant cut flower. Trim 1/2 inch off the bottom of the tree. Cutting off some of its bottom will actually help unclog the water inside it and its vascular system will open up. But if your Christmas tree is too big, you can cut more than 1/2 of the stem. Once it is done, the sap or the fluid will start to secure the base so that it will stop the tree from receiving water. After that, immediately put your tree in a bucket full of eater until the tree is able to stand up on its own.
You need not worry when you are cutting the trunk of your tree because there is no technique or a special way of cutting it. You just need to cut it simply using a sharp knife or any bladed material. No need to cut it in an angle because it will not do any good to your tree.
Water your Christmas tree.
Once you have cut the trunk of the Christmas tree, it is very important that you keep them moist. Just like any other plants, they also need to have a continuous water supply to keep its freshness and scent. Typically, a Christmas tree can consume at least a gallon of water. So, make sure to water your tree enough for its consumption and keep the water level above the base of its trunk. The secret to keeping your Christmas tree fresh is by filing it with water immediately. There was even a study that said that using plain water keeps the tree alive.
Make sure to monitor your tree regularly or at least twice a day if it’s getting enough water. If your tree is dry despite your effort of watering it daily, drill some holes into the base so that it will allow the entry of the water.
Choose the perfect spot for your Christmas tree.
Measure the area where you are going to put your Christmas Tree. Some people just put their trees in an area where they think that suits it. So, when the space is too small for their tree, they cut or bend the branches and trim the tops just to fit the tree. But if the cutting of the branches and trimming of the tops is not done properly, you could actually kill the tree.
If your house is too small for a big Christmas tree and you decide to cut the branches, there is a proper way of doing it. Take the measuring tape and measure both the height and width of that area or spot in your house. Carefully cut its branches and use only a sharp knife.
Do not put your tree in an area where it is susceptible to getting a heat. The heat can dry out easily the Christmas tree and can potentially start a fire. Also, do not place your tree near the fireplace especially if you left it unattended.
On the other hand, if you are placing your tree in a room near an independent heat source, shut it off every time you leave the place or room. If you are decorating your tree using an LED, it is better. Avoid using any light bulbs or fairy lights because they are heat sources that can damage your tree.
Put your tree in a semi-sunny area. The ideal spot where you can place your tree is near a window where it can only get minimal sunlight. Just like any other plants, Christmas Tree can dry out quickly too.
With proper care, your Christmas tree will surely last longer. You can hire a florist today to know more about the different varieties of Christmas tree that you can put at home. Make sure that you buy from your trusted florist or garden shop and do not forget to ask for some discount.