How To Keep A Christmas Tree Alive: Tips For Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh
The following are some tips for keeping your christmas tree alive. You will need to follow these steps if you want to have a healthy and strong christmas tree. If you don’t take proper care of your trees, they may die or even rot within just one winter!
1) Make sure you’re not watering it too much.
Too much water can cause mold to grow and eventually kill your tree.
2) Don’t over fertilize either.
Over fertilizing will result in less nutrients being absorbed into the soil which could lead to death of the plant due to lack of nutrients. (It’s better to under-fertilize than over-fertilize!)
3) Never use bleach on your trees!
Bleach is toxic to plants and can cause them to die.
4) Do not allow your tree to dry out completely.
Dry out your tree by letting it sit outside in direct sunlight for a few days before putting it back inside. This helps prevent the roots from rotting and dying.
5) Make sure you don’t let the temperature get too cold!
Trees like cool temperatures so make sure you keep your house at a comfortable temperature when you’re not using it.
6) Try to keep it out of the sun and don’t place it near windows.
The light can dry out the needles and cause them to fall off. (Unless you’re using an artificial tree, then you can place it near a window but don’t put it in direct sunlight!)
7) Place your tree away from your heating vents!
This will cause your tree to dry out a lot faster.
8) Consider putting a little splash of water on your tree each day.
This will keep the needles shiny and make it look as pretty as the day you bought it! (Be careful not to make it too wet though. You only want to add a little splash of water, not submerge the whole thing!)
9) If you have pets or small children, consider putting your tree on a higher surface so they can’t reach it.
Kids and pets sometimes like to play with or eat the trees and that could potentially kill it!
10) Add some ornaments to the branches. Not only will this make your tree pretty, but it will also give it some weight so it doesn’t fall over.
That about sums up how to keep a christmas tree alive. Now that you know how to do it properly you can go out and get the perfect tree for your home. Don’t forget to show it off to your friends and family!
How long can you keep a live christmas tree?
How long can you keep a live christmas tree indoors?
This answer greatly depends on the type of tree you have. The average live christmas tree can be kept indoors anywhere from 1-4 weeks. Commonly used trees for keeping indoors are the noble and Douglas Firs, Norfolk Island Pine, and the Scotch Pine.
The easiest way to keep a live christmas tree alive is by following these steps:
1) When you first bring your tree indoors, it is best to keep it in a bucket of water for up to 4 hours while it adjusts to the indoors.
You could also place the tree in a room with high humidity such as a bathroom with a shower running. (Do not direct the shower head at the tree! Make sure there is at least a 1 foot gap between the shower head and the tree)
2) Once the tree has adjusted to the indoors you should begin watering it.
The best way to check if your tree needs water is by poking it’s branches with your finger. If the branch easily bounces back into place then your tree does not need water, however if the branch stays bent for a few seconds afterwards then you should give it some water. Check your tree at least once a day for the first week, then at least once a week after that.
3) Do not let your tree dry out!
This is the biggest killer of live christmas trees. Check your tree daily or else it may begin to shed its needles. It is best to water the evergreen before this happens because once a tree begins to shed its needles it is very difficult to save.
How long do live christmas trees last?
A live christmas tree purchased from a lot will usually last 1-4 weeks in a home. Some trees can even last the whole holiday season if they are cared for properly.
How long do burned christmas trees last?
A burned christmas tree will last as long as a regular candle would. It should be placed outside before the fire department comes to inspect your house for fire hazards. The tree should be burned until nothing but ashes are left.
How long do artificial christmas trees last?
The longevity of an artificial christmas tree depends on how well it has been stored and how often it has been used in the past. If you store your tree away in a cool, dry place then perhaps it could last for years, however if its been left out in the open, exposed to sunlight and heat then you won’t have as much luck.
How to make a dried christmas tree last longer.
You can make your dried up christmas tree last longer by placing it in a cool, dry place. Make sure the area is also well ventilated. If possible keep your tree away from heating ducts or air conditioning units that could dry out its branches.
You could also store your tree in a box with some newspaper, this will help retain some of the moisture.
How long does a Christmas wreath last?
Most Christmas wreaths can be kept up anywhere between 3-5 weeks if they are well taken care of.. The best way to keep your wreath looking good for as long as possible is by following these steps:
1) Keep the wreath out of direct sunlight.
A wreath exposed to sunlight will begin to dry out and will have a faded color. If the wreath is in the direct sunlight then it may even begin to dry out completely.
2) Be sure to keep your wreath hydrated.
You can do this by spraying it with water every couple of days, just make sure the wreath does not become soggy and stay that way.
3) Store the wreath in a cool place where there’s low humidity.
If the wreath is placed in a cool place that has high humidity then it will begin to shed its needles or even fall apart completely.
What is the best way to dispose of a Christmas tree?
If your tree has lost all of its needles and is extremely dried out it’s time for it to be disposed of. The best way to do this is to cut the tree up into small pieces with a saw then place the remains in the trash.
How to dispose of a live christmas tree.
If you’re not going to be able to water your live tree for a long period of time then it’s best to cut it up into multiple pieces before placing it in the trash. Try to keep as much of the root system intact as possible when doing this.
A more environmental way to dispose of your tree is by placing it in the backyard and allowing birds, squirrels, rabbits and other small animals to use it as a food source.
What happens to christmas trees after they are thrown away?
Most live christmas trees are chipped and turned into mulch. They can then be used in gardens to retain moisture or keep plants warm. Artificial christmas trees are often recycled so that the plastic used to make them can be turned into new products.
How many artificial christmas trees are thrown away each year?
It’s been estimated that 17 million artificial christmas trees are thrown away in the US each year. This is despite the fact that most of these trees could be recycled or reused.
What happens to christmas trees after they have been recycled?
After a christmas tree has been recycled it will eventually be turned into mulch. The mulch can then be used in gardens as a soil conditioner, to make the soil lighter and help retain moisture in the soil.
Sources & references used in this article:
Selection and care of Christmas trees for the home by DJ Moorhead – 2009 – athenaeum.libs.uga.edu
How To Select a Christmas Tree by LE BELL – naldc.nal.usda.gov
Merry christmas trees by PJ Pugliese – 2008 – athenaeum.libs.uga.edu
The Christmas tree by J Hewitt – 2007 – books.google.com
ERAU teams up with United Way to give back to community by CA Tree – 2010 – commons.erau.edu