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Any tips for getting a REAL Christmas tree. We have never had a real one before.

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Asked by mom2twobabes at 9:05 PM on Nov. 14, 2009 in Holidays

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  • Love it! We always get a real tree. Make sure they cut about 2 inches off the bottom when you get it and then for the first 24 hours give it HOT water. It melts the sap off the bottom so the tree can absorb more water throughout the season. Just pick what looks good to you. There is one kind that will keep it's needles longer but I don't like the way it looks. It doesn't fall right. I'd rather have a really pretty tree and just know I have to sweep and vacuum, and sweep and vacuum...

    Answer by jeano23 at 9:09 PM on Nov. 14, 2009

  • When you buy your tree, have an inch cut off the base to make it easier for the tree to take in water.
    When you bring your tree inside, use a stand that holds at least one gallon of water.
    Keep your tree well-watered. Water prevents the needles from drying and dropping off and maintains the fragrance. Trees may use several quarts a day, so check the water level in the stand every few hours.
    Never let the water level fall below the base of the tree or the cut end may seal over, preventing further water intake. If this happens, take the tree down and make a fresh cut.

    And Keep a vaccuum next to it! You'll get needles EVERYWHERE! =)


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:12 PM on Nov. 14, 2009

  • Yes, don't forget to cut off the bottom of it or it will die on you before Xmas. We get ours at Lowes every year and they shake out the loose needles and cut the bottom off for you.

    Also, you usually need to water daily for about the first week or so, then the water intake will slow down.

    I only do real trees. I love the smell.

    Answer by ave.maria. at 9:32 PM on Nov. 14, 2009

  • I love the smell of real trees but we like to keep our tree up for about a month so we do fake now. Plus its less hassel to take down and get rid of for us. But the smell is awesome.

    Answer by hill2 at 10:17 PM on Nov. 14, 2009

  • You can make your own tree preservative. It is basically the same as flower preservative and has the same three components: a food source for the plant, an acidifier (hard water is alkaline - making the water more acidic helps the plant take in water and food), and a disinfectant to prevent mold, fungi, and algae from growing.

    1 gallon water
    2 cups light corn syrup
    4 teaspoons chlorine bleach
    4 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar (optional)

    Keeps your tree healthy, fresh and green for a good, long while!

    Answer by CaseyErin at 1:42 AM on Nov. 15, 2009

  • don't get a bluespruce unless you can decorate with welding gloves on. your hands will literally be bleeding from the needles.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 2:05 PM on Nov. 15, 2009

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