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Cut Christmas Tree Care

A stack of cut Christmas trees ready for display

Meadows Farms carries the widest variety of cut Christmas trees to be found anywhere in the Metropolitan area so as to provide every family with their favorite kind of Christmas tree. Some trees do hold their needles longer than others, but it is more a matter of care and preservation measures after you get the tree home as to how long most trees can hold their needles. Because we buy so many trees, our growers cut our trees just prior to loading them on trucks for delivery to us. This helps to ensure that we always have the freshest trees possible for our customers.

Some Considerations Before Buying Your Tree

Decide in advance what height tree you need. Remember a taller tree can be cut off from the bottom and excess branches used for other decorations.

If you’re planning to place the tree in a corner, keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be perfectly shaped.

Consider how long your tree will be up, the temperature the tree will be exposed to and select the kind of tree with the needle retention you need.

Care of Your Cut Tree

Until you are ready to trim your tree, store it outside in a sheltered area (a cold garage is ideal- wind will dry out the tree). If it is going to be a week or more before you decorate, make a fresh straight cut across the trunk about an inch up from the original cut. This opens the tree stem so it can take up water. Then plunge the trunk end immediately into fresh water. If you purchase your tree and have us do the trunk cut for you, get your tree in water as quickly as possible to preserve the fresh cut. Keep water above the fresh cut or a new cut will be necessary. If the water level drops below the cut, a seal will form which does not permit the tree to take in more water. Water consumption is related to trunk diameter and not to height. An average tree will consume between two pints and one gallon of water per day.

Your tree should be protected from freezing conditions and extreme heat at all times. If possible bring the tree into a partially heated area (basement) the night before decorating. This will help it adjust gradually to the warmer temperature.

Place the tree as far away from heat sources as possible. These elements will dry your tree and cause it to drop its needles prematurely. Place the tree in a container or a stand that will hold water. Do not shave the sides of the tree trunk to fit the tree into the stand. Mix a tree preservative (sold in our garden centers) with the water as instructed on the package and water the tree daily. Proper use of preservative and water will definitely prolong the needle retention of your tree.

Trees Available at Meadows Farms

White Pine

Holds needles longer than most trees. Usually is not a good tree to hang a lot of heavy ornaments on. North Carolina grown.

Fraser Fir

Best all-around tree sold at Meadows Farms. Is very aromatic with good needle retention. Very easy to hang ornaments on. North Carolina Grown.

Douglas Fir

Very thick and full with good needle retention. Easy to decorate. Oregon grown.

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