Yard and Garden: How to Select and Care for Fresh Christmas Trees

November 20, 2019, 2:45 pm | Richard Jauron, Willy Klein

AMES, Iowa – The weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally when most Christmas tree buying occurs. Whether you cut your own tree or buy a pre-cut tree there are several things to consider before buying and when selecting a fresh tree. Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University offer tips to make the most of your fresh tree. To have additional questions answered contact Hortline at hortline@iastate.edu or call 515-294-3108.

What factors should be considered when purchasing a Christmas tree for the holidays?  

A few decisions should be made before going out to buy a Christmas tree. Decide where you will be placing the tree in the home. Be sure to choose a location away from heat sources, such as a fireplace or furnace vents. Also, decide on the size (height and width) of the tree you want.  
Christmas trees may be purchased from cut-your-own tree farms or as cut trees in commercial lots. A list of tree farms in your area can be found at the Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association website at http://www.iowachristmastrees.com. Carefully check trees at commercial tree lots to ensure the freshness of previously cut trees.  
When looking for a tree, select one that has a straight trunk. A tree with a straight trunk will be easier to set upright in the stand. Check the diameter of the trunk to make sure it will fit in your stand. A tree with a bare side may be fine if you intend to place it in a corner or against a wall.
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