HACK OF THE WEEK: How to Keep Live Christmas Trees Fresher Longer

HACK OF THE WEEK: How to Keep Live Christmas Trees Fresher Longer

HACK OF THE WEEK: How to Keep Live Christmas Trees Fresher Longer

How can you keep a live Christmas tree looking fresh for as long as possible this holiday season? Popular Science has some advice:

1. Before you even buy a live tree, test it! Check for discolored or overly brittle foliage, wrinkled bark or a musty odor and run the needles through your fingers to makes sure they stay on.

2. Turn down the thermostat. Keeping the tree in a cool room will extend its life by reducing how much water it loses.

3. Measure the width of the tree’s base to see how much water it needs. Live trees need a stand that can hold one quart of water for each inch of the trunk’s diameter. So a tree with a two-inch trunk diameter needs a stand that can hold at least two quarts of water.

4. Saw off the trunk’s bottom inch before you put it in your stand. Just like trimming a blossom’s stem before you stick it in a vase, removing the bottom inch of a Christmas tree’s trunk gets rid of stopped-up vessels and will allow the tree to drink water freely.

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