How to Care for Christmas Trees, Wreaths


 

The holiday season is full of festivities and traditions. Many opt for fresh, real Christmas trees and greenery to decorate their homes during the holidays. With proper care, they can remain vibrant throughout the season.

Christmas Trees

A dry, drooping tree does not a merry Christmas make, and nothing is worse than a pine tree so crispy it will go up in a puff of smoke if your uncle gets too close to the needles with his cigar ash. Start caring for it by watering the tree as soon as you bring it home.

If you’ve purchased a pre-cut Christmas tree, consider giving the trunk a fresh cut to remove about ½ an inch of wood. A fresh cut will remove any dried resin that prevents the tree from absorbing water. Make sure to cut as perpendicular to the trunk as possible so the tree will have more stability in the stand. Never whittle the tree trunk to fit in a tree stand. The outer layers of wood are the most effective at absorbing water, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

The key to keeping your Christmas tree in top shape for about a month doesn’t lie within a cocktail of chemicals. Water — and lots of it — is the most important factor. It’s best to check the stand each day to make sure the stand is full of water. 

While watering the tree is important to ensure needles don’t turn brittle, it’s also good to set up the Christmas tree away from heat sources such as vents, fireplaces and heating lamps. Dry pine trees are not only disappointing, but they can also be a fire hazard if they aren’t properly cared for.

Wreaths

Fresh, green wreaths are gorgeous, they emit a wonderful pine smell and add a festive

pop of color when hanging against a wall or door. When you bring your wreath home, you can submerge it in a pan or sink full of water for a few minutes to let the cut stems soak up some water. 

Watering necessities depend on where you display your wreath. If your hanging your wreath outside in a cool climate, the greenery will be well persevered. It’s best to avoid direct sunlight.

If you’d like to display your wreath inside, make sure to mist the wreath a few times a week. 

Greenery Cuttings

At Kroul Farms, we have a variety of fresh pine cuttings to help you create beautiful displays and potted arrangements. To make a potted greenery arrangement, stick stems in a pot of soil. An arrangement can last for weeks without losing needles if you water it well and display it outside. Moist soil will help freeze the greenery overnight.

                                   

If you’re using long-stemmed pine branches in a vase or cuttings to make a tabletop display, keep them cut-side down in a pot of water outside, bringing them indoors shortly before guests arrive.

You can pick up Christmas trees, wreaths, greenery and other holiday décor at Kroul Farms now through December 15! 


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