Where should I store my tree if I don’t set it up indoors right away? If you buy a cut tree several days before you plan to set it up, store the tree outdoors (out of the sun and wind) in a bucket of water. Make sure to do a fresh cut off the stump before setting it up in the stand when your ready to bring it indoors!
How do I keep my cut tree looking green and healthy? Immediately place the tree in water when you get home. When setting up your tree, refresh the cut tree and place it in a tree stand which can hold at least one gallon (approx. four litres) of water. Keep the tree base in water at all times.
What type of water should I water my tree with? Use regular tap water. Commercially prepared mixes like aspirin, sugar and other additives are not necessary.
How often do I need to water my cut tree? Cut trees are thirsty and can drink up to four litres of water per day. Check the water level daily and supply fresh water as needed. We recommend having a tree stand which holds at least one gallon (approx. four litres) of water. If you allow the water level to drop below the bottom of the tree, a seal will form. You may need to refresh your tree.
What does it mean to refresh my cut tree? Make a straight, one inch cut, off the trunk of your cut tree. Immediately place the tree in the tree stand, secure in the stand and fill with water. If the base dries out, resin will form over the cut end and the tree won’t be able to absorb water.
I let the water in the tree stand go dry! What can I do? Remove the tree from the stand and make a straight cut off the butt. This is called refreshing the tree. Place the tree back in the tree stand with plenty of warm water. If you cannot take the tree out of the stand, you can try drilling holes into the tree base and add warm water to the tree stand. We cannot guarantee drilling holes will work, but it has been successful for some people.