We all wonder how we can make our Christmas tree last longer. One trick seems to work well but you need to follow these general tips to be successful.

 

Here is the trick: when you get your Christmas tree home, first, boil 5l of water. Then, dissolve one cup of sugar in the water and allow the mixture to cool. Make a fresh, half-inch cut at the base of the Christmas tree trunk. Position the Christmas tree in a sturdy stand, then pour in the warm sugar water. Continue to add fresh, cool, plain water to the tree stand, always ensuring your Christmas tree has an ample supply of water.

 

Here are some general tips to follow that are proven to work:

 

  • Always choose a healthy looking tree: look for soft flexible needles that have a deep, green colour. If the tree is already drying out and has stiff, brittle needles, it won’t take up as much water.
  • Give the tree a fresh straight cut across the bottom so that it can hydrate properly.
  • Get the tree in water as soon as you come home and, if you are not going to decorate it straightaway, place the trunk in a large bucket of water in a cool place like your garage or a covered porch.
  • Place your tree in a cool room and away from heat sources like fireplaces and radiators, since they can dry out a tree much faster. If you like having your tree close to a window, avoid a south facing one.
  • Prefer LED light. They emit very little heat which keeps your tree from drying out too quickly and reduces the risk of fire too.
  • Check the water level regularly. Trees suck up a vast amount of water and you might have to top off your tree stand daily. Keep at least 2 inches of the trunk submerged in water at all times.

 

Potted Christmas trees are often viewed as a more sustainable option for Christmas, because you’re ideally able to plant the tree after the season is over.

 

  • Usually potted trees are much heavier than cut trees so choose the size wisely, a smaller one might be much easier to handle.
  • They can only spend a short amount of time indoors until they start to adjust to the interior temperature and lose their hardiness. For the same reason, set up your Christmas tree in a room that stays cool and away from heat sources.
  • Make sure the pot has an effective drainage outlet to allow excess water to trickle out. Water the tree when the soil feels dry but never overwater!
  • Move it out: after the holiday, remove the ornaments and help your tree re-adjust to the cold. For several days, keep it in a cool, shaded spot, like a garage. Then, plant or store until spring. Do not add fertiliser to your tree’s soil until the spring. In the first year after replanting, be careful not to add too much fertiliser as the roots are not fully established yet.

 

Stop by Farmer Jacks to choose your fresh and locally grown Christmas tree and tag us on Instagram to share your Christmas experience!