It's just like a really big flower!
It took us more than 8 years to grow your Christmas tree, and how you treat it will help it last even longer, and smell even better, once you get it home.
Fresh Cut: Just like flowers, the fresher the cut, the longer your tree will last. If possible, it is best to slice 1/4 inch off the bottom of the tree just prior to putting it in water. (The hole drilled in the stump for pin stands is deep enough to allow this.)
Keep it Watered: Drinking water keeps the trees needles where they belong, on the tree! It also keeps your tree smelling fresh and reduces flamability. If your tree runs out of water even once, sap will close the pores and it will no longer be able to drink! Your tree will drink a lot more during its first few days in your house, until it becomes climatized.
Location: Try to avoid placing your tree in direct sunlight, hot rooms, or near heat sources such as ducts, radiators, or fireplaces.
Storage: If you are not putting your tree up right away, it is ok to leave it baled up. Please try to keep it in a cool place such as the garage, out of direct sunlight, and in water (with a fresh cut of course!)
Air Temperature: Thermal shock can cause early needle loss if the outside temperature is more than 40º lower then in your house when you bring the tree home. It is best to keep the tree in a moderate temperature for a few hours or even overnight before bringing it all the way inside. A protected place such as a covered porch or garage is suggested.
We hope your tree lasts as long as you want it too! We recommend placing a tree disposal bag under the stand prior to putting your tree up, to help contain any needles that fall as you take it down at the end of the season.