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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about
Christmas Trees

The following are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from consumers and the media.

(Q) Is it okay to buy a tree that is losing its needles?

(A) Some dropping of older, interior needles is natural and normal. However, if the overall color is faded, the bark of the outer twigs is wrinkled and the green, exterior needles easily fall off at a gentle touch or when the tree is bounced on a hard surface, it is excessively dry. Select a different one.

(Q) Is a fresh cut really necessary before putting a tree in a water stand?

(A) Always make a fresh cut if possible. After time, generally 3 to 6 hours, the cut stump gets air in the plant tissue, which lessens a tree's water absorption capacity. A fresh cut will reopen the pores that take up water.

(Q) How much should be cut off?

(A) Only one half inch is necessary, not one or two inches as is sometimes instructed.

(Q) Will tapering the base or cutting it at an angle increase the area that takes up water?

(A) No. This reduces the surface area of plant tissue that absorbs water molecules. Once the water level falls below the exposed surface on a tapered trunk, drying will begin. An angle or "V" cut will require more water depth to cover the cut surface. It also makes the tree more difficult to hold upright in a stand and less stable.

  (Q) How large should my water stand be?

(A) Choosing a large capacity stand is one of the most important steps to maintaining tree freshness. Avoid small "coffee cup" stands. Check the water level frequently since trees can drink large amounts of water each day, particularly pre-cut trees during the first week of display. Generally, a tree can use up to one quart of water per day for each inch of stem diameter. Therefore, a stand that will hold a four-inch trunk should hold at least one gallon of water with the tree in the stand.

(Q) What kind of tree stand should I use and how big should it be?

(A) There are several different types and styles of tree stands to choose from. The most important characteristic is water capacity. You should also make sure the stand "fits" the tree -- if it is too big or too small it might cause the tree to tip over. Do NOT trim the sides of the trunk to fit it in a stand. Ask the retailer if you need advice.

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