Christmas Tree Care Tips
Each year over 35 million American
families will bring a natural Christmas tree into their homes to help create
a warm, friendly setting for their Christmas celebration. The tradition
endures year after year and legends tell of the decorated tree used in winter
celebrations long before there was a Christmas. Egyptians brought green palm
branches into their homes in late December as a symbol of growing things. In
the Middle Ages, the feast of Adam and Eve was held on December 24th; a fir
tree hung with red apples called the Paradise tree was its symbol. It is
generally agreed, however, that the use of an evergreen tree as part of the
Christian Christmas started 400 years ago in Germany and spread to most of
the northern Europe by the 19th Century.
Usually Christmas trees begin life in a nursery where superior seed is
planted and grown to two-year-old seedlings. The seedlings are taken from the
nursery beds and replanted in Christmas tree plantations. While growing,
Christmas trees provide many environmental benefits. They replenish the
earth's oxygen supply, serve as wildlife habitat, increase soil stability and
provide a valuable and aesthetically pleasing improvement to the land. Each
year the young trees are shaped or pruned. The average growing time is 8-10
years for a tree to grow into a well-shaped 6-8 foot tree depending on
several factors including soil and weather conditions.
Forever Green Tree Farm has helped to renew the tradition of the entire family
selecting and cutting the Christmas tree. The whole family can have great fun
in the process of choosing a tree. The preferred species of tree is often
handed down, generation to generation. A few simple procedures can make the
selection and care of a fresh, natural Christmas tree more fun and the best
value for your money.
Care For Your Real Christmas Tree
When you bring the tree home, cut one
quarter inch off the base of the trunk. Keep the tree outdoors, standing in a
container of water, protected from the wind and sun until you're ready to
decorate. This will help the tree retain its moisture.
Place your tree in a stand and fill it with fresh water. If you allow the
water level to drop below the fresh cut, a new seal will form over the stem.
Display your tree in a cool place but out of a draft. Fireplaces, radiators,
television sets and other heat sources can prematurely dry your tree.
Remember: trees are very thirsty. They may drink between 2 pints to a gallon
of water a day. Use a water-bearing stand with a capacity of a gallon or
more. Check the stand daily and supply fresh water as needed.
Be sure that the light cords and
connections you use on your tree or in other holiday decorating are in good
working order before hanging them. Never use lighted candles on your tree.
Unplug lights when retiring at night or leaving your home.
After the Holiday Season
Place your tree in the garden or
backyard for use as a bird feeder; orange slices, bread and suet will attract
birds and brighten up the winter landscape.
A Christmas tree is biodegradable; its branches may be removed and used as
mulch in the garden. The trunk can be chopped for mulch.
Fir foliage can be stripped from the branches and snipped into small pieces
for stuffing into aromatic fir needle pillows.
The enduring tree symbol remains a firmly established part of our holiday
customs, engaging not only our senses of sight, touch, and smell but also our
sense of family, spirit and tradition. To complete the spirit and tradition
of a "Family Traditional Holiday" look for holiday treats produced
right here in Forever Green Tree Farmís Holiday Shop. Our shop features
wreaths and other seasonal decorations.