Fresh Cut Christmas Tree Instructions
CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FRESH CUT CHRISTMAS TREES
A natural Christmas tree is a living object to enjoy in your home through smell and sight. By following three easy steps, your tree should retain its freshness for 3 to 4 weeks.
- There must be a fresh ¾ inch (2cm) cut on the tree stump before it is placed in water. The cut must be no more than 2 hours old, otherwise the sap will begin to dry and seal the cut, preventing the water from rising up.
- The tree must be kept well watered. Place the tree in a stand capable of holding at least one day’s worth of water (approx. 4 – 6 litres).
- The first fill should be with hot tap water enabling the sap to flow readily as the tree thaws. Water will be drawn upwards, replenishing the moisture to the extremities.
A premium 6-8 foot natural tree may draw 4 litres of water in the first 12-36 hours. This same amount can be taken up for several more days before tapering off to lower levels. In a 3 week period the tree can consume 50-60 litres of plain water. As a general rule, trees can consume about 1 litre of water per day per inch of stem diameter.
Don’t worry if your tree doesn’t absorb water for a few days; a freshly cut tree often won’t take up water immediately. Christmas tree water intake depends on various factors, including room temperature and the size of the tree.
Warmest wishes for a very Merry Christmas,
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