How long will My Tree typically
It depends on how well you take care
of it. Approximately 30 days if proper care is taken.
What is the best way to care
for our Christmas Tree?
Make a Fresh Cut.
Make a fresh cut on the butt of the tree to open
up the pores, which have been clogged by sap. Cut off at least one-half
inch. The fresh-cut surface should be cream-white, not yellow or brown.
If you do not make a fresh cut, the tree will not be able to drink water.
After the cut is made, put the tree in water as
soon as possible. The longer the time between when the tree is given
a fresh cut and when it is put into water, the less ability the tree
has to absorb water.
Even if a hole is drilled to accommodate a pin-type
stand, a fresh cut also should be made on the butt.
Put in Water.
Check stands for leaks.
Rinse water reservoir of the tree stand with a
mixture of one capful of bleach and one cup of water before inserting
the tree. This reduces the growth of micro-organisms that can block
the tree's ability to absorb water. Great care should be taken to avoid
spilling or splashing the bleach on carpeting, etc.
Place the tree in a sturdy stand which will hold
at least one gallon of water. Fill with plain water.
If the tree is not going into the house soon after
purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of warm water on a cool porch
or patio away from wind and sun in warm climates and protected from
freezing and wind in cold climates.
An average tree may consume between a quart and
a gallon of water per day.
If the water level drops below the cut
end of the trunk, a seal will form and no more water will be absorbed
by the tree unless another fresh cut is made. So don't forget to add
water every day.
Why should I choose a REAL Christmas
There is nothing like a natural Christmas
tree to enjoy at Christmas time. The look, the scent and the very feel
of a REAL tree are integral parts of the warm, homey atmosphere of our
most festive season. Choosing the perfect tree is a cherished tradition
in many families. Whether you visit a retail lot or join the tens of
thousands who treasure their annual visit to a choose-and-cut farm,
you will enjoy knowing that your natural Christmas tree is great for
the environment and provides employment for thousands of Americans!
Am I harming the forest by choosing
a real tree?
Definitely not! Christmas trees do not
come from the forest! Almost everywhere in North America, Christmas
trees are grown as a crop on tree farms. For every tree harvested, there
are ten more coming along, otherwise the farmer could not harvest each
Is tree farming harmful to our
NO! Christmas trees are, except for cultivated
forests, the most environmentally friendly crop around. This is because
a tree is harvested only after ten years. To ensure future harvests,
ninety percent of the farm must remain in trees all the time .
How are real Christmas trees
beneficial to our environment?
Just one acre of Christmas trees produces
enough oxygen to support eighteen people. In the process, CO2 is taken
out of the atmosphere, counteracting the production of CO2 resulting
from human use of fossil fuels. Trees also act as air pollution filters
and can remove up to 13 tons of airborne pollutants per acre per year.
Christmas tree farms are havens for a wide variety of bird and mammal
species including grosbeaks, sparrows, chickadees, foxes, coyotes, mice,
voles, and squirrels. The "edge effect" created by a stand
of Christmas trees next to a woodlot or an open field is known to increase
wildlife species diversity.
Will my Christmas tree cause
problems at the landfill site after Christmas?
No. Most municipalities collect discarded natural
Christmas trees and chip them for use as mulching materials. Real Christmas
trees are completely biodegradable and will, on their own, break down
and return their stored nutrients to the soil from which they came.
There are also other ways in which REAL
Christmas trees go right on giving long after the Christmas season is
over. They can be used as bird feeders, wood products can be made from
their stems or they can be used as wildlife cover in fish ponds and
Where does the tradition of evergreens
at Christmas originate?
Legends tell of the decorated tree used in winter
celebrations long before the advent of Christianity. Plants and trees
that remained green all year had a special meaning for people during
winter. Just as people today decorate their homes at Christmas with
pine, spruce and fir trees, ancient people hung evergreen boughs over
their doors and windows.
In many countries people believed that evergreens
would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits and illness. Egyptians
brought green palm branches into their homes in late December as a symbol
of growing things. Romans trimmed evergreen trees with trinkets and
topped them with an image of their sun god to celebrate Saturnalia.
Druid sorcerers hung golden apples and lit candles on oak trees to celebrate
the winter solstice.
In the middle ages, the feast of Adam and Eve
was held on December 24. Its symbol was the Paradise Tree, a fir tree
hung with red apples.
It is generally agreed, however, that
the use of an evergreen tree as part of the Christian Christmas celebration
started 400 years ago in Germany and spread to most of northern Europe
by the l9th century.