"Water is still the best preservative for Christmas trees. Make sure trees have a 1 inch fresh cut. ALWAYS keep the Christmas tree stand basin filled with water. If the tree absorbs all the water, the basin is empty and you haven't noticed, a fresh cut needs to be made on the tree, even if that means taking all the decorations off. Aspirins, copper pennies, uncolas, sugar and bleach have not been shown to prolong the life of a tree."

--- University of Illinois, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

  • When you get the tree home, cut about an inch off of the butt end to aid in water absorption.

  • If the tree is not to be put up right away, store it in a protected, shady, unheated area.

  • Cut the end and place the tree in a bucket of water.

  • When the tree is brought into the house, saw a slice of the butt again to insure water absorption.

  • Keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, TV's, radiators, and air ducts.

Super Tip

"Itís a nuisance to water a Christmas tree once itís decorated with a tree skirt and surrounded by presents. Hereís an easy solution, supplied by Gene and Marian Anderson of Guse Hardware in Minneapolis: Buy a funnel and a 3 to 4 foot length of vinyl tubing to slip over the funnel outlet. Fasten the funnel/tube with a twist-tie or twine in an out-of-the-way but reachable part of the tree. Extend the tubing down the tree trunk and into the tree stand reservoir. Now you can water the tree through the funnel without bending over or disturbing the tree skirt or its ornaments."

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