Caring for your tree

Where should I keep my tree if I don’t bring it into my home immediately?

Keep your tree in a sheltered unheated area, such as a porch or garage, to protect it from the wind and sun until you are ready to decorate.

Do I need to re-cut the bottom of my tree if I don’t put it up immediately?

Yes. When you are ready to decorate, make a fresh cut (½ inch if drilled, ¾ inch if not drilled) on the butt end of the tree and immediately place it in a bucket of water.

How often do I need to water?

  • Keep your tree stand filled with water at all times.
  • Never allow the water level to go below the cut of the tree.
  • For the first few days, check water levels twice a day.

Do I need to add something to the water?

No additives are necessary. There is no “magic potion” that preserves or makes a tree less flammable. Plain water will keep your tree fresh.

What kind of lights should I use?

Use only indoor lights. Miniature lights produce much less heat and will reduce the drying effect on your tree.

Is one kind of a tree better for “tree climbing” cats?

Try purchasing a spruce tree if your cat loves to climb into your tree. The prickly needles will convince them otherwise.

Does the location of the tree in my home matter?

Yes. Make sure your tree is displayed away from heat sources.

Should I spray preservatives or fire retardants on my tree?

No. Some of these products actually increase moisture loss. The most fire-retardant tree is the one that is properly watered.