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How to Make Your Christmas Tree Last Longer

We love getting a live Christmas tree each year—but it can be hard to keep the tree looking fresh and the pine needles on your floor to a minimum! To make your Christmas tree last longer, follow these easy steps.

By
Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
How to Make Your Christmas Tree Last Longer

How to Make Your Tree Last Forever

As we shared in our podcast about getting ready for the holidays, using a humidifier is one of the best ways to keep your tree fresh all December long (and into January!). Why? The heating system in your home can dry out your tree, dulling its color and piney fresh scent. To give your Christmas tree a healthy boost of moisture, place a humidifier in the room to counteract the drying heat—it’ll stay fresh, and you can soak up the holiday spirit as long as possible. If you have a vaporizer (like for colds), you can also run that near the tree once a day to put more moisture into the air.

The Best Water for Your Christmas Tree

What kind of water you feed your tree matters! While tap is fine, it’s the temperature that you should be concerned about. The ideal temperature when you’re watering your tree is 80 degrees—the warmth helps your tree absorb water more efficiently, meaning it will get absorbed all the way up to the very top! Add a pinch of sugar once a week, which is a perfect substitute for tree food.

How to Keep Your Tree Healthy

One of the things that causes a tree to start dying out is bacteria—so keep it away with this handy trick. Just add a shot glass of liquor, a capful of mouthwash, or a drop of rubbing alcohol to the water each time you water your tree. The alcohol will keep bacteria away.

Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh with LED Lights

If it’s time for new Christmas lights this year, choose mini LED lights over the traditional kind. Not only do they save energy (and cut the cost of electricity), they’re also not as hot, preventing your tree from drying out as quickly.

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