It's not just people who need to make sure they are drinking enough water. During the holidays the one that needs to be drinking the most is probably your Christmas tree. It all comes down to water. Whether you choose an already cut tree, cut your own, or use a living tree, the most important thing to remember is to keep it well watered once it is in the house. Also, the cleaner the water the better! We know your tree will appreciate the Clearly Filtered water filters!
Below are some helpful tricks and tips to keep your tree heathy and hydrated throughout the holiday season.
Here are some things you can do to make sure your Christmas tree is healthy and happy when you pick it out.
- If there is a bunch of tree needles that have fallen around the tree, move on to the next one. This likely means that the tree hasn't been properly watered or that it was cut down a while ago and has been sitting for some time.
- To check a tree’s freshness, pull your hand towards you along the branch. Needles should not fall off.
- If you plan to keep your tree potted indoors for the season, a Norfolk Island Pine is your best choice as they are commonly kept as indoor house plants
Interesting Fact: The top-selling Christmas trees, as reported by growers across the United States, are the Scotch pine, Douglas fir, white pine, and balsam fir, in that order.
Now that you've got your tree home, you need to know whats best when it comes to caring for your Christmas tree. No one wants a dead tree for Christmas (not only that, but it's also an extreme fire hazard if it's dried out!)
- When you bring your tree home, saw a couple inches off the bottom of the trunk before setting in water. When trees are cut, pitch oozes out and seals the pores. By sawing off the base, you will open up the pores, and the tree will be able to absorb water.
- Watering is critical. A freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours!
- Fill the tree stand with water and keep it filled.
- Never let the water level go below the tree’s base.
- Some people add aspirin or sugar to the water; we can’t say whether either helps. Again, water is the vital element.
What if my tree begins to dry out? There are a few things you can do if you notice that your tree begins to dry out and has taken a turn for the worse.
- Use very warm water to try and loosen up the dried sap at the base of the tree so that the tree can start drinking again.
- Drill small holes around the base of the tree using a small drill bit. Make sure these holes are under the water line of your tree stand.
Hopefully these tricks and tips keep your tree happy and healthy throughout the holiday season and your filtered water can keep you and your family happy and healthy throughout the entire year!
Happy Holidays from the Clearly Filtered Team