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If you are like me, the holiday season brings so much joy. I love shopping early and this including buying my Christmas tree. However, I noticed that this could be a challenge since it may not make it to Christmas day. Fortunately, I found some tricks to increase the longevity of a Christmas tree that I will share with you.

1. Buy a Healthy Tree

Whether you’re cutting down a tree yourself or planning to buy one instead, making sure it’s healthy is the best step to ensure it will last long. Make sure that it is deep-gree colored and the needles are soft and flexible.

2. Opt For a Fresh Clean Cut

Trees often form a dried sap around the cut causing it not to absorb much water. The longer it has been cut, the less water it will absorb. To hydrate properly, give it a clean cut at the bottom.

3. Water it As Soon as Possible

Once you arrive home, place the tree in a cool and shaded spot and place it in a bucket of water. The first 24 hours is important and the tree can absorb up to a gallon of water. Also, don’t place it near the fireplace and heating vents.

4. Track the Water Levels

At least 2 inches of the trunk should be submerged all the time. Trees can absorb a lot of water so make sure to check it throughout the day.

5. Decorate with LED Lights

Compared to other types, LED emits less heat and they’re efficient.

Derrick Koo

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