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How to keep your Christmas tree looking better for longer

Everyone that gets real "live" Christmas trees for Christmas knows that they will drop their needles quickly and by the time it's late December, your Christmas tree is probably dry and the floor is covered in needles. Is there a way to keep your Christmas tree healthy during this time and not have needles all over your house? As it turns out, yes there is. In this guide, we'll go over a few different ways to keep your Christmas tree healthier for longer and maybe even give it a second chance after the holidays.

There are many things that help will help your tree stay healthy for longer, but first we need to separate the two different ways you can have a Christmas tree in your house:

  1. A tree that has been cut down
  2. A tree that still has its root system

The general care for these two different situations is very similar, but the preparation for these two different situations is slightly different. In this guide, we're going to go over a few different aspects of taking care of your Christmas tree:

If you haven't bought a Christmas tree yet, it's worth looking into a tree that still has it's roots. You can turn these in after the holidays and get it back a year later. You can also choose to plant it in your own garden if you'd like. This makes the holiday season a little more sustainable. Let's get into the guide and help you get back to celebrating the holiday season.

Bringing your Christmas tree indoors

Back to top Bringing your Christmas tree indoors differs for the two different situations we went over earlier. When you have a Christmas tree that still has its root system, you can move on to the next section, your tree doesn't need extra help when bringing it indoors. However, if you have have a tree where the trunk has been cut off from the root system, you'll need to go through an extra step to ensure that you tree stays healthier for longer.

First of all, make sure you have a tree stand that's able to be submerged in water of that can hold water by itself. Now, when you put the tree in the tree stand, make sure to add warm water in the tree stand. Warm water, not boiling water. This warm water is easier for the tree to absorb and prevents to tree sap to form a hard crust on the tree stump. By submerging your trunk trunk in water, you allow the tree to keep its ability to absorb moisture, even without roots. If a crust forms on the trunk, it blocks the ability to absorb moisture. After the first time of giving your tree warm water to absorb, you won't have to make it warm any more and you can go back to giving it cold water. The warm water was only there as a quick boost of moisture.

Secondly, wait as long as possible to bring your tree indoors. Your Christmas tree loves the cold weather and if you can keep it outside, out of drafts of wind, it has a much better chance of looking great for a longer period of time.

Placement of your Christmas tree

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Placement of your Christmas tree is one of the most important aspects to keeping your tree healthy during the holidays. Christmas trees (spruce trees, pine trees and fir trees) are trees that keep their "leaves" all year round, through the warm and the freezing cold. They're also tree that require moisture to grow and grow best in cold environments. This is why you won't see these trees grow naturally around the equator, but you will see them near the north and south pole. This is the environment these trees thrive in.

Now, when you want to take care of a Christmas tree in your house, the environment is quite hostile to the tree. It's warm and dry in your house during the winter, which is the exact opposite of what the tree needs to thrive. For you to take care of a Christmas tree successfully, you'll need to compromise with the tree a little bit. The biggest compromise you need to make is where to place your Christmas tree. As every house is different, we'll go over a list of general placement tips.

Avoid placing your Christmas tree in places that:

  • are close to a heat source, like: a fireplace, heating vents, central heating systems, the blazing sun
  • are very dry

Instead, try to find a place that's:

  • Bright, but not too warm
  • Near a source of humidity, like a humidifier or running water

If you don't have a source of humidity for you tree, simply submerging the trunk in water also helps to prevent drying out the tree. To help your Christmas tree deal with the warm indoor environment, it's not a bad idea to turn down the central heating system a little bit. This might not be an option for you, but it will definitely help you tree.

Taking care of your Christmas tree

Back to top You've got your Christmas tree with or without roots in your house and in a great spot, perfect! Now the real challenge begins: How do you keep the Christmas tree looking great? One way is to help mimic the natural environment of your tree: keep it in a colder place and make sure the soil (if you have a root system) is moist. If your tree doesn't have a root system, make sure it's always submerged in plain water. There are all kinds of things you can mix in with your water, like sugar or fertilizer, but it's best to stick to plain water.

If you have a root system on your tree, you can water your tree like you would any houseplant, water it when the top 5 cm (2 inches) is dry. Your tree likes moisture, be sure to give it this for the best results. If your tree doesn't have a root system, make sure the trunk is always submerged and don't allow it to dry out. This will prevent your tree from drying out and dropping needles all over your living room.


Christmas trees are a great tradition during the holidays, but they can be a real plain to clean up after the holdays. There are a few things you can do to take care of your Christmas tree and help it to stay healthier for longer. You might even be able to reuse the same tree after a year if you have a tree with a root system. The environment for your tree is a colder, more humid environment. You can achieve this by turning down the central heating system and keeping your tree away from heat sources like a fireplace or heating vents. Humidifiers or submerging your tree trunk in water also help to keep the humidity up around your plants.

Thank you for reading this post! I hope it helps you to keep your plants healthy and beautiful! If you're looking for more guides on specific plants, you can always request a plant guide to get a guide for the plant you have trouble with.

Tags: winter, christmas

Posted on: Dec 5, 2020 Last updated on: Dec 2, 2022

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