Christmas Tree Care
A little bit off-topic but due to the time of the year I prepared a short article about how Christmas tree care should be done. I hope, this is helpful, even it is for once not about our little friends, the red worms and worm composting.
Christmas trees have been a long-standing symbol of the Christmas season but improperly cared for Christmas trees are unlikely to last the entire holiday season. Properly cared for, freshly cut Christmas trees, on the other hand, can take several weeks.
Your Christmas Tree Needs Water
First and foremost, the key to long-lasting Christmas trees is giving them plenty of water. Many people have come up with fancy preparations for Christmas trees ranging from mixing things like bleach, sugar, syrup, 7-up, or vodka in the water. However, research has shown that clear water is the best choice for caring for Christmas trees. In addition, the water does not have to be distilled, bottled, or precipitated in any way. Tap water is fine.
It’s also important to keep the Christmas trees watered as a dried sap seal will form over the end within four to 6 hours after the water falls below the base of the tree. This makes it impossible for the trees to take up water even after the reservoir has been refilled. This problem can be remedied by cutting the bottom of the tree again. However, this is difficult to do with an already decorated tree.
Cut the Tree
To further ensure the longevity of the Christmas trees, it is helpful to make a fresh cut at the base of the trunk. This cut should be straight and about an inch from the end of the trunk, and the tree should be put into the water quickly. This cut helps Christmas trees to better absorb water from the tree population.
Still, if the tree is not going to be set up immediately, it is a good idea to cut the trunk of the tree and place it in a bucket of water. The tree should then be stored in a shaded, sheltered area that is not heated. When the time has come to erect the tree, the end of the tree should be cut again to further aid in water absorption.
Christmas Tree Stand
The type of tree stand used on Christmas trees is also important to their longevity. I have made great experiences with the Krinner Christmas Tree Stands. They are available in different sizes and do not harm the trees. For most Christmas trees, the water reservoir should contain at least half a gallon of water. The more water the better. Keep in mind that freshly cut Christmas trees will absorb up to a full gallon of water or even more in the first 24 hours after a new cut. Depending on the room temperature and the number of lights and other decorations on the tree, they will continue to absorb one or more liters every day.
Detection of Drying Out Christmas Trees
One of the surest signs that Christmas trees are slowly drying out is water absorption. If a tree dries up, water consumption will slow down significantly or stop entirely. The needles of Christmas trees that are not watered regularly dry and fall off when the tree dries. In addition, the branches hang down and the tree loses its scent. Trees that are kept near televisions, chimneys, air ducts, and radiators tend to dry out faster.
Have a Merry and Joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year!