Tips for tree buyers – Christmas trees – Brief Article

Jennifer M. Jones

With the help of our friends at the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), we’ve c compiled this advice to help you choose and care for your cut tree this season.

Measure the height and width of your space before driving to the retail lot.

Check for freshness. Green needles should break crisply when bent–except on pines, whose needles only break when very dry.

Store the tree in water in a cool, shady place until ready to bring it indoors. Cut a quarter inch off the trunk before placing it in water.

Use one quart of water for every inch of diameter of the trunk; replenish frequently.

Keep the tree away from heat sources (radiators, fireplaces, TV sets, computers).

Test electrical devices (lights and decorations) before placing them on the tree.

For a complete listing of tree farms, click on the NCTA Web site:

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