Care of Your Christmas Tree
When you get your tree home, immediately make a straight cut across the base of the trunk about 1/2 inch from the end so the tree can take up water.
If it will be several days before your tree is to be set up and decorated, store it in water and put it in the garage or on a cool porch where it is protected from the sun and wind.
Use a tree stand that holds plenty of water. Trees are thirsty. Depending on their size, they may "drink" up to 1 1/2 gallons of water the first 24 hours. Check the water level daily.
Do not let the water in the stand get below the bottom of the trunk. When a tree is cut, if left for more than a couple of hours without water, the bottom of the trunk forms a seal of sap which makes it impossible for the tree to take in water unless another fresh cut is made.
Place your tree away from heat sources. Make sure electric lights do not have frayed cords or cracked sockets. Unplug tree lights when leaving your home and before going to sleep.
Enjoy Your Tree!