How To Prolong The Life Of Your Christmas Tree - Agway of Cape Cod

How To Prolong The Life Of Your Christmas Tree

How To Prolong The Life Of Your Christmas Tree

You’ve reached our ultimate guide on how to prolong the life of your Christmas tree this holiday season! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s officially the holiday season! Our team at Agway is here to help you navigate all of the trials and tribulations of holiday decor and holiday hosting, including how to prolong the life of your Christmas tree.

With that being said, it’s time to start thinking about holiday decor, Christmas decor, and the center of it all – the Christmas tree. No matter which tree you choose as your Christmas tree, you’ll be faced with the challenge of prolonging the life of that tree to last through Christmas Day!

To ensure that your tree stays vibrant and lively throughout the season, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on how to prolong the life of your Christmas tree. From selection to maintenance, these tips will keep your tree looking lush and lively until the last ornament is packed away!

Choose Your Tree Wisely

Start the journey to a long-lasting Christmas tree by selecting the right one from the beginning. At Agway, we have Frasier Fir, Balsam Fir, and Cook Fir Christmas trees, which are arriving starting on November 9th! Opt for a tree with vibrant, green needles that are firmly attached to the branches. Gently run your fingers along the branches to check for flexibility and freshness. A good shake should result in minimal needle drop. Don’t forget, if you’re bringing your tree home from a store or from the great outdoors, you’re going to need some tree velcro to strap that beautiful tree to your car.

Make a Fresh Cut

Cut Your Christmas Tree

Once you’ve chosen your perfect tree, give it a fresh start by making a straight cut at the base, removing about 1-2 inches. This opens up the tree’s vascular system, ensuring it can absorb water effectively. Do this just before placing the tree in its stand. If you purchase your tree at Agway, we’ll do this for you. If not, check out this tree cutting saw so that you can easily do this on-site, or at home.

Hydration is Key

A hydrated tree is a happy tree! Ensure that your Christmas tree stand always contains water. Initially, it may drink more water than usual, so check the water level daily and top it up as needed. Keep in mind that some tree stands may require more water than others, so choose one with an ample water reservoir. Here’s one of our favorite Christmas tree stands that will keep your tree hydrated and healthy.

Location, Location, Location

Sometimes, choosing the best spot in your home for your tree can be the hardest part. Place your Christmas tree away from heat sources such as radiators, fireplaces, and direct sunlight. Heat accelerates needle drying and can shorten the life of your tree. Optimal room temperature is around 68°F (20°C). Try finding a corner in your living room away from windows and any fireplaces you may have!

Decorate with Care

Decorating a Christmas Tree

Less is more, especially when you’re dealing with live Christmas trees that are on a timeline. While it’s tempting to go all out with decorations, be mindful of your tree’s health. Use lightweight ornaments to avoid stressing the branches and causing premature needle drop. LED lights emit less heat than traditional bulbs, reducing the risk of drying out the tree. We think most decorators would agree with us on this one! 

Christmas Tree Preservatives

Consider adding a commercial tree preservative to the water in your tree stand. These solutions usually contain nutrients and additives that can extend the life of your tree and enhance its water absorption. In most cases, this is likely not needed, but it’s always an option that’s available to those who enjoy having their Christmas trees up for long period of time. Try this preservative!

Check In With Your Tree Regularly

Perform regular inspections of your Christmas tree for signs of dryness or needle drop. If you notice excessive shedding, take action promptly by giving the tree an additional fresh cut and providing more water. If you notice that parts of your tree are dying faster than normal, you may want to double check to make sure that your tree isn’t near too much natural light, or a heat source. Of none of these factors exist, it may be a smart idea to check into tree preservatives to bring your Christmas tree across the December 25th finish line.

Recycle Your Tree!

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Once the holiday season is over, don’t let your tree go to waste. There are several local organizations that offer Christmas tree recycling programs. Ask one of our Agway professionals for info or check in with your waste management or environmental agency for options.

By following these tips, you’ll not only enjoy a beautiful and vibrant Christmas tree throughout the holiday season but also contribute to the sustainability of our local environment. Prolonging the life of your Christmas tree is a simple yet rewarding way to make the most of this season. Enjoy the beauty of your tree, and it’s decorations, in your home through Christmas. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us or to stop into any of our Agway locations if you have any questions or need advice.