What is the best way to keep my Christmas tree fresh?
Begin with a Freshness Check. Gently grasp or pinch a branch between your thumb and forefinger and slide it toward you. If the tree is fresh, very few needles should come off in your hand.
Have an employee of the tree lot give you a Fresh Cut. This removes the seal of dried sap, which has formed over the cut stump. If the base of the tree is without water for three to six hours, a new seal will form, thus preventing the tree from absorbing water once the stand is refilled.
Fill the stand with Warm Water ASAP, which will dissolve any new sap formations. Then be sure to check the water level regularly. A tree will absorb as much as a gallon of water in the first 24 hours and one quart a day thereafter.
Use a Christmas Tree Preservative, which may be purchased at most tree lots. recommend Vita Christmas Tree preservative, because it is biodegradable.
Placement of your tree should be a safe distance away from heat and draft sources such as; fireplaces, radiators, heater vents, or TV's.