Keeping your Christmas tree fresh can be somewhat of a struggle. Real Christmas trees can add a beautiful and traditional holiday decoration, but unfortunately, their time is limited once cut down. At City Floral Garden Center in Denver, we encounter this question every holiday season: “How do I keep my Christmas tree alive?”
So we put together some of our best tips to keep your Christmas tree thriving well into the new year.
1. Buy a Colorado Concolor (White Fir) Tree
Native to the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Concolor or White Fir handles cool weather well and can last through Colorado winters. The flat needles have a pleasant aroma, and because these trees are local, they won’t lose their needles as quickly as other Christmas tree varieties.
One of City Floral’s most popular and long-lasting trees, the Colorado Concolor or White Fir, can easily last for 4-6 weeks without any needles dropping. That means you can set it up before Thanksgiving and not have to worry about it until after New Year’s Day.
2. Buy a Quality Christmas Tree Stand
The first thing to look for in a quality Christmas tree stand is the material – buy a sturdy metal Christmas tree stand rather than a plastic Christmas tree stand. Plus, a metal stand is helpful if you know you’ll be adding a considerable assortment of ornaments or heavy ones. A metal Christmas tree stand won’t sway from side to side or topple over.
A large, strong metal Christmas tree stand will have the water capacity needed to keep your Christmas tree alive. A larger water-well—such as a gallon or more—is key to keeping your tree alive and hydrated the entire season long. Don’t forget to check it frequently in case it needs refilling.
3. Buy a Fresh Cut Christmas Tree
Buying a fresh-cut Christmas tree at City Floral Garden Center in Denver, CO, ensures your new tree won’t dry out as quickly. It’s essential to get your fresh Christmas tree into a bucket of water while you’re setting up the tree stand. Please make sure you always have a full bucket of water for the tree, so checking the water level is vital in extending your tree’s life.
4. Keep Away from Heat Sources
With any live Christmas tree, remember to place it away from heat sources. While a Christmas tree next to a beautiful roaring fireplace may seem like a dream come true, it will contribute to drying out your tree faster. Other heat sources to keep in mind are a heat vent, stove, or sunlight radiators.
When your tree gets too dried out and brittle, it has the potential to become a fire hazard. The best way to fireproof your Christmas tree is a solution of sugar, water, bleach, Epsom salts, and borax. This recipe that we’ve put together is perfect, ensuring your tree will be fireproofed and protecting your family.