Make a Christmas Tree Last Longer

How to make a Christmas tree last longer

By: Ryan Clouse, loan officer

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” everywhere you go. Real Christmas trees provide not only the look, but the feel and smell most people look forward to each holiday season. Decorating conifers dates back to the early 1500s with German and Latvian celebrations. German settlers then introduced these trees to the United States in the late 1700s as part of the Christmas holiday season. Today, Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states (even Hawaii).

Frasier Fir, Douglas Fir, Balsam Fir, and Colorado Blue Spruce are popular trees in our area.  Concolor Firs are newer in this region and are noted for their fragrance and color, which is similar to the Blue Spruce.

How to Care for your Christmas Tree

No matter which tree you choose, they all require the same care. It’s important to use a tree stand big enough to hold several quarts of water.. Trees need the most water during the first week in your house – a quart or more a day, depending on the tree size. Cutting a half inch off the trunk before you put your tree in water helps it to absorb the water easily. Despite common myths, no water additives (sugar, aspirin, or bleach) are needed – just high quality H2O! With proper care, most tree varieties will last at least four weeks in your home. 

How to Pick a Fresh Christmas Tree

You can tell which trees are the most fresh by bending the tips of a branch. They will spring back and not drop needles off.  The freshest trees come from a local choose-and-cut farm or retail lot. Many holiday traditions start with the family piling into the car and taking a trip to the local tree farm. Remember Clark Griswold?

How to Dispose of Christmas Tree

After the holidays are over, recycling your tree helps the environment.  Over twenty million trees a year are sold in the United States – all of which need a home after Christmas. Talk with a neighbor who has a pond because, believe it or not, Christmas trees make great habitats for fish! You can also feed birds with popcorn or suet hung on the tree.  Better yet – buy a dug tree to beautify your yard for generations to come.

Looking for local resources to recycle your Christmas tree? Check out to learn more!

For more information on Christmas trees, including tips on selecting the best tree and how to recycle it come January, visit the National Christmas Tree Association. Happy tree hunting!