Now that you've got your Christmas tree up and decorated, here's how can you keep it looking good all through the holiday season.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Trees are up in windows everywhere you look, so if you are an early tree shopper how can you keep the O Tannenbaum looking good through the next few weeks?


  • 1

    Pick The Right Tree

    The type of tree you choose can make a difference on it's longevity.

    Trees that are more likely to last you all season...

    Concolor Fir, Frasier Fir, Douglas Fir, Spruce and Scotch Pine.

  • 2

    The Right Cut

    The right cut is important to your tree. If you cut it yourself, the cut is obviously fresh. But if you buy your tree from a lot, make sure you get a fresh cut at least a quarter of an inch from the bottom to ensure your tree's vascular system isn't clogged and it can take in water.

    Don't worry about a fancy angled cut or drilling holes in the trunk, just a straight cut is all your tree will need.

  • 3

    Water Right Away

    Waiting even 24 hours after you bring your tree home to water it can shorten it's shelf life by days.

    Try to get your tree into water ASAP and then make sure to water your tree two times a day, every day that the tree is up.

    The tree will soak up water fairly quickly and if you have a dry house, you may want to check on it three times a day to make sure water remains in the tree stand at all times.

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    Just Use Plain Water

    There have been all sorts of myths about using Sprite or adding corn syrup or even vinegar to the Christmas Tree's water...but don't bother.

    Studies show that plain, old water is just as good as anything suggested as an additive on the internet. And as long as you follow Tip #2 and keep the water full, you should have weeks of healthy tree to enjoy.

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    Location, Location, Location

    Where you put the tree is also an important step.

    The closer you are to heating vents, the drier your tree will become.

    Same with drafty, cold areas. Ups and downs in temperature make things tougher on your tree.

    And though we all love to stick our tree in the biggest window we have, you should try to avoid direct sunlight on your tree if you can.

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