Caring for your farm grown Christmas Tree

 

- Store your tree in a sheltered, but unheated, area such as a porch or garage until you are ready to decorate.


- If you plan to store the tree for several days, make a straight cut across the butt end of the tree, about 1/4" from the end.  This opens the tree stem so it can take up water.  Store the tree upright and place the butt end in a container of water.

- Trees are thirsty.  A stand which holds at least four litres of water is recommended. If you allow the water level to drop below the bottom of the trunk, a seal will form just as it does on a cut flower and a new cut will be necessary.

- Stick to plain drinking water since reasearch shows many additives, such as sugar, cola and Aspirin do more harm than good.


- Keep your tree away from all sources of heat and drying, including radiators, furnace ducts, television sets, fireplaces and windows with direct exposure to the sun.

- Ensure all electric lights and connections are in good working order.  Do not  use lights with worn or frayed cords.

- Turn off the tree lights when you leave and before you retire at night.

- NEVER use combustible decorations or lighted candles on any Christmas tree.

- When a large amount of needles begin to fall from you tree, it's time to remove it from your home.
Remember, a Christmas tree is a living plant. 
Look after it as carefully as you would a cut flower.

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