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3 Ways to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh (And Alive)

If you have a real tree in your house for Christmas, you know that a fake tree can't compare. There's nothing better than getting your family together to pick out the perfect tree, bring it home, and decorate it for the holidays. Once the lights are up and you start to add the presents under the tree, the woody fragrance fills your home with a festive feel that will live in your memories for years to come.  

However, once the pine needles fall all over your living room carpet and the tree starts to lose its spark, you may not want your tree in your house for much longer. Thankfully, if you want your tree to last longer, there are tricks and tips you can follow to increase the longevity of your tree's life. 

In this blog, we’ll share three ways to keep your Christmas tree fresh and alive throughout the holiday season so you can maintain your tree's natural luster well into the New Year. 

Let’s dive in:

How to Make Your Christmas Tree Last Longer

To keep your Christmas tree alive, you'll want to provide it with the nutrients and water it needs to stay fresh throughout the holidays. To do this, you need to start with the right tree, give the trunk a cut, and water it daily. Treat your Christmas tree the same way you would your house plants, and you'll keep it thriving throughout December.

For some households, the Christmas tree is like holiday decor. It’s the centerpiece for the holidays and provides a festive flare to the areas you and your family spend time together. To keep the Christmas magic alive, you’ll want to prioritize your tree's health throughout December, not just when you first get it. Remember: Consistency is key.

Your Christmas Tree Is a Live Plant

Did you know it could take as long as 15 years to grow a 6-7 foot tree? That beautiful Christmas tree in your house is much more than a decoration. It's a live plant, like any other houseplant or crop in your garden. If you want your tree to thrive throughout the holiday season, it needs the nutrients to keep it alive and looking its best. That means you'll need to water it daily and keep an eye out for signs of distress. 

Our Top 3 Tips to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh and Alive Throughout the Season

There are tons of myths about keeping your Christmas tree alive. However, we're not going to tell you to put sugar in the water or set your tree out in a bucket for 24 hours. In fact, keeping your tree alive is much simpler than you might think. 

Here are our three tips to keep your Christmas tree fresh:

1. Choose a Healthy and Vibrant Christmas Tree

When you're out with your family looking for a tree at a Christmas tree farm or a lot, always look for the healthiest, most vibrant tree you can find. Make sure your tree of choice is a rich, deep green color. The needles should be flexible and full of life, not limp and dry. 

Check the branches to ensure they're sturdy, and give your tree a quick turn to check all the sides. If the tree is a pale olive color or the needles are falling off when you turn it around, these are signs that it's not as fresh, healthy, or vibrant as you want it to be. 

2. Cut An Inch Off of the Bottom As Soon As You Get Home

Once you find a tree and bring it home, you'll want to cut an inch off at the bottom. When you buy your tree from a lot or a farm, ask them to thinly slice an inch off the trunk and place it into water within 45 minutes. 

If your tree won't be in place for another hour or so, you'll want to wait to cut it until you get home. This ensures that the bottom of the trunk isn't exposed to too much oxygen. The oxygen can disrupt the tree's tissues and affect its ability to receive hydration.

3. Put Your Tree In Water Immediately (And Top It Up Daily)

Like we said before, your tree is a live plant. Once you find the perfect fit, you'll want to put it into water immediately. This is to ensure your tree is getting an adequate amount of water every day. Ideally, you'll want the trunk of your tree to be submerged in at least 2 inches of water. This will prevent sap from forming at the base of your tree and ensure you can maintain the vibrancy of your tree throughout the holiday. 

Don't forget to check the water levels daily and top them off regularly. A six-foot tree needs roughly a gallon of water a day for optimal freshness. 

Looking for More Ways to Make This Christmas Season Magical?

Remember, prevention is key to keeping your Christmas tree alive and looking its best throughout the holiday season. If you want your tree to flourish in your living room throughout the holidays, all you need to do is use these three simple steps to keep your Christmas tree alive and the holiday decor looking great. 

If you're looking for additional guidance to ensure you have the freshest tree on the block, connect with an expert at Mavyn. 

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