I. Before you leave home
- Measure your space:
Make sure your tree fits your space, especially your ceiling. Buying a
tree that is bigger than your space can cost extra money, is extra work
to put up, and can detract from the appearance of the tree.
- Check your tree
Do you have a sturdy tree stand that will hold at least one gallon of
water? Fresh trees need a constant supply of water and never want to be
dried out. At Indian Rock Farm, we have both conventional tree stands
and "Stand Strait" tree stand system.
At the Farm
III. At Home
- When to put up your
Put your tree up as soon as possible. This will enable you to water the
tree continuously so that it lasts for weeks and weeks.
- What if you can't
put up your tree right away?
If you can't put up your tree right away, store it in a cool, shady
place. You can also put it in your garage or porch. Putting the end in
a bucket of water will help your tree maintain its moisture level.
- If you haven't put
the tree in water for several days, should you re-cut the trunk?
Yes, putting a new fresh cut on the bottom of the tree will remove the
wood that has dried up, exposing fresh, wet wood. You only need to cut
about 3/4" to 1" off the trunk for the new cut.
- Do I need to put
anything special in the tree water?
The most important thing you can do to maintain freshness is to ALWAYS
KEEP WATER IN THE TREE STAND. That is why we recommend that you have a
tree stand that will hold at least one gallon of water. Trees can use a
lot of water when brought into a warm, dry house in the winter. If you
bring the tree inside from the freezing cold, using slightly warm water
will help the tree thaw out and take up water.
- Do I need to keep
the tree in any special place in the room?
You can usually put the tree in any place that is convenient. Of course
you don't want to place it too near an operating stove or fireplace.
Putting it in front of the window will be fine, just keep it watered.