Noble fir and Fraser fir can easily be displayed in water for 6 to 8 weeks without becoming a fire hazard. Nordman fir, also known as Turkish fir, has a similar keepablity life span. Other species will easily stay fresh for many weeks.
Follow these steps to help your tree stay fresh for the entire holiday season:
- Buy a fresh tree by making sure the needles feel supple to the touch.
- When you get ready to put up the tree, cut ½” from the end of the trunk prior to putting it in the stand.
- Place the tree base in cool water as soon as you can. No need for anything else, just water.
- The tree will consume approximately one quart of water for every inch in diameter of trunk base. Hence, a 4” diameter trunk will use up to 4 quarts of water a day.
- If your stand runs out of water the trunk base will seal over and the tree will cease to hydrate. Choose a stand with adequate water holding capacity and check the water twice daily.
- If your tree does stop taking up water, you can cut another ½” from the base and repeat the steps above to extend the life of the tree even longer.
- In the home, keep trees away from direct sources of heat such as warm-air vents, wood stoves, fireplaces, hot lights, etc. In warm climates, south facing windows should be avoided.
- Think of your fresh tree just as you would fresh cut flowers and you will enjoy your Christmas tree for many weeks.
Caring for trees on your lot:
- Sell trees on a first in, first out basis.
- Trees should be shaded and out of direct sunlight.
- Wind will dry trees out almost faster than sun, so avoid windy storage areas whenever possible.
- Trees can be stored either standing vertically or piled.
- Avoid piling baled trees on hot parking lots or against south-facing brick or concrete walls.
- Vertical storage allows trees to stand in water.
- Mist stacked trees at night to keep cool and reduce moisture lost during the day.
- Limit the height of stacked trees, as compaction and mold can become a problem. Do not “soak” stacked trees.
- Suspend a tarp or shade cloth over the trees for protection and allow two feet of air space down the sides for ventilation.