When you're ready to pick a cut Christmas tree ...
Purchase a fresh tree with needles that do not fall off when shaken.
Recut the base of the stem and stand it in water as soon as you get it home.
Store the tree outdoors, standing in a bucket of water, until it is brought inside.
Avoid exposing the tree to heat sources and warm drafts. Use an antitranspirant spray to help slow the drying out of needles.
Be sure your tree stand is large enough to hold adequate water. Check the water level daily and keep the cut surface covered with water at all times. A cut Christmas tree will absorb between 2 pints and one gallon of water per day. Use plain water, no additives.
For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.
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