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How To: Keep Your Tree Looking Its Best

To keep your tree looking its best (and to limit the amount of time you spend hand vacuuming up needles), make sure that it has plenty of water. Maintaining a steady water supply will prevent the needles from drying out and dropping off. It will also help to keep the boughs from drooping (and potentially causing ornaments to fall off). Best of all, in my opinion, a well-watered tree will be very fragrant!

For a list of other great tree life span-lengthening tips, just

  • Always keep the tree stand filled with water.
  • Did you know that dried sap will form a seal over your tree's cut stump within several hours if the water level falls below the base of the tree? If this happens, you'll have to make another cut in the bottom of the stump! Hot water will help to soften sap and encourage water absorption.
  • A tree will absorb as much as a gallon of water or more in the 24 hours after it is cut, and one or more quarts everyday after.
  • Keep your tree out of a high-traffic area. This will prevent jostling and also prevent pets, kids, and guests from potentially knocking the tree over or spilling water from the tree stand.


Join The Conversation
lms lms 9 years
I filled my tree as soon as we got home and put tree preservative in it. That was the day after thanksgiving and It still has not sucked up all the water yet even though it was cut at the bottom. The needles are falling off and I have added new water. I just don't get it with this tree.
wickedk8 wickedk8 9 years
I am the tree waterer in my family and our tree has been sucking up about 3 cups every 12 hours. I just hate having to crawl under the tree to water it.
Catipa Catipa 9 years
We put a little bit of sugar in our tree water-I heard this somewhere and our trees always do well.
kerneschick2005 kerneschick2005 9 years
Another great tip--water it with Sprite or 7 UP a few times...I have NO idea why this works, I just know that it does.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Oh, I'm SO glad you posted this! I let mine dry out in the first 48 hours - just totally spaced it! And now it's not taking ANY water in. Ok, I'm going to go figure out how to get the water out of the stand and get some hot water in. Thanks!!! :tree:
amofoz amofoz 9 years
My tree died already :( I gave it water everyday and everything; I guess its just me and my black thumb.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
My cats love trying to play with the water in the stand when I fill it. It's quite the site. Casa-same here. I try to remind myself but what can I say I forget sometimes. Ha. Luckily not too often because the tree still looks great. Leave it to someone to come up with a self watering tree stand down the road...
emalove emalove 9 years
As long as you water daily, you should be okay. I've slacked on this in the past and my trees have been very dry after a short amount of time. It's easy to forget to water it sometimes and trust me, it dries up really quickly if you do forget. This year, I've had my tree for two weeks already and we've been watering it in the morning and a little bit at night. It's hardly lost any needles and is still drinking the water.
Home Home 9 years
aimeeb, ours was almost dry last night when we got home! i filled it up with hot water asap, too!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great tips. I think using hot water is best becuase once it's in the stand and decorated it's hard to give it a new cut. My triee has run low 2x since I got it, I was shocked at how fast it drinks up the water!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Hehe mines fake :P
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