You may need to remove a few branches to help your tree sit in the stand.
Tree Stand Installation
What do I do with my tree when I get home?
Your main priority should be getting your tree in water. Even if you can’t decorate it right away, at the very least you should:
- If you’re buying a precut tree, remove 1/2″- 1” off the trunk. The staff at the tree lot will often do this for you, but if you’re a long way from home you might as well wait.
- Put the freshly cut trunk in water within 2 hours to keep it from sealing over.
- Prune only enough branches for the trunk to fit in your tree stand – usually about 6” is enough.
- Give your tree a good shake to dislodge any dried-out needles before bringing it inside. Your vacuum cleaner will thank you later!
- Put the tree in the stand, set it in place (or on a sheltered porch), and fill the reservoir with water.
What kind of Christmas tree stand is best?
There’s not really a “best” tree stand – just make sure the reservoir holds at least a gallon of water, and that the trunk of your tree will fit in the stand easily (never shave the trunk to make it fit!). Some stands have screws that hold the tree in place while others have a spike that requires drilling a hole in the bottom of the tree. I prefer an adjustable screw tree stand with a wide plastic base that won’t scratch my floors and isn’t likely to turn over.
Christmas Tree Care
How much water does my tree need?
In the beginning, your tree can drink a gallon or more of water per day. Check the reservoir several times over the first few days, then at least once a day after that. Never let the reservoir dry out, or your tree will seal over and need another fresh cut. Water uptake will fluctuate once your tree is hydrated, so continue to monitor it.
What about aspirin and other water additives?
Additives to tree water aren’t necessary. What your tree needs most is a constant supply of fresh tap water.
Remember to water, water, water!
What should I do to keep my tree from drying out?
Sprays and other treatments aren’t necessary if you give your tree enough water. Cool temperatures and humidity help as well, so you may want to close any heat vents near your tree and place a small humidifier nearby.
Where should I put my tree?
Put it where you can get the most enjoyment out of it! However, to make your tree last longer (and for safety), keep it away from heat vents, fireplaces, and drafts.