Remember, your tree got all the water it needed before it was cut down to come home with you.  After it is cut; your tree can drink up to a gallon of water or more per day for the 1st couple of days.

When you arrive at home with your tree, it is best to recut the trunk by about 1/2″ or so.  This will remove the “harden” sap from the trunk allowing it to take in water.

You will then want to place your tree into a stand or bucket that holds water. Ideally you would put your tree in the garage for a couple of days in a 5 gallon bucket of water; to allow it to drink all it wanted before bringing it into the house.  If you don’t have a garage; you can place your tree in the bucket of water outside somewhere where it is protected from the sun and wind.

  • Check the water daily and replenish as needed.
  • Place your tree away from fireplaces or any other heat sources.
  • Be sure to unplug or turn off all lights on your tree when you are not home or while your sleeping.

Remember, a fresh cut, plenty of water and bit of common sense are all it takes to enjoy your fresh Christmas tree.