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post #1 of 17 Old 11-25-2011, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping the old christmas tree alive

So we've always had this tradition of running out and getting our christmas tree the day after thanksgiving. I plan on doing this tomorrow, however I always run into the same problem. It seems nearly impossible to keep the damn tree alive until christmas. Don't get me wrong, I had a couple lucky years where the tree did awesome all the way to new years, but most of the time, its pretty dead by the 25th. Does anyone have any tips for keeping these things alive for about a month? I've tried the little solutions they sell at the lots for the water, but they don't seem to do much.
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This article has some pretty good tips:

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environ...mas-tree-fresh

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Thanks, that was an interesting read. I guess there is still no real solid information as to weather adding anything to the water is better than just plain water or not. The article does have a good point about buying from a farm though, maybe my Home Depot trees have been sitting around for awhile.
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Thanks, that was an interesting read. I guess there is still no real solid information as to weather adding anything to the water is better than just plain water or not. The article does have a good point about buying from a farm though, maybe my Home Depot trees have been sitting around for awhile.
The idea of cutting a little off the bottom before sticking it in water made sense as well. Maybe you can try that

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Gettin a Xmas tree a month before Xmas is unheard of here....they dont even have the tree lots open yet here. And you are in Cali, here its cold and it wouldnt last, there with your temps I dont think anything would make a tree last there unless you get it a few weeks before Xmas or get an artifical tree.



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Don't hold me to this but I think its got somethin to do with the actual cutting..I seem to remember that your supposed to cut flowers stem under water and on an angle..If I remember correctly its the air pockets that kill the life of the flower so I wonder if its the same for trees..

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Gettin a Xmas tree a month before Xmas is unheard of here....they dont even have the tree lots open yet here. And you are in Cali, here its cold and it wouldnt last, there with your temps I dont think anything would make a tree last there unless you get it a few weeks before Xmas or get an artifical tree.
I usually get about 3 weeks out of my trees. I've had two years that I can think of where they were good all the way up until new years though. The tree lots opened a couple days ago here though, there's quite a few people in Cali that get them right after thanksgiving.
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I read somewhere a long time ago that you're supposed to water the tree using boiling water. The idea is that the hot water will melt the sap plug that develops over the cut and allows the water to get absorbed easier. I've done that the last few years without any damage. Don't know if it is better than cold water or not, but the trees seem to last several weeks. You could try that this time around to see if it helps.

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We usually get ours next weekend and don't have any problem making it last to new years. But that's from a farm that you cut your own tree. They give us a powder to put in water but no special instructions.
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I read somewhere a long time ago that you're supposed to water the tree using boiling water. The idea is that the hot water will melt the sap plug that develops over the cut and allows the water to get absorbed easier. I've done that the last few years without any damage. Don't know if it is better than cold water or not, but the trees seem to last several weeks. You could try that this time around to see if it helps.
Boiling water huh? That kind of makes sense. Last year I tried putting the tree in the stand so that the cut wasn't pushed tightly against the stand, I figured maybe it would help it absorb the water. I think this year I'm gonna do that again and try the boiling water like you suggested.
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