Art and Teresa with Pollywog, Guppy, and Elvis the Donkey
Just one acre of Christmas trees absorbs 3.5 to 6 tons of carbon from the atmosphere in the course of the trees' life.*
Christmas Tree farms employ thousands of workers every year.
To maintain maximum freshness, place the base of the fresh cut tree in water as soon as possible. If the tree will not be placed in a stand within 6-8 hours, a bucket of water will suffice. Water temperature is unimportant.
If more than 6-8 hours should pass without water, it is beneficial to cut about 1/2 an inch from the bottom of the trunk. This will remove sap and allow the tree to absorb water.
When set in the stand, the water level should be monitored daily. Large trees may drink up to 1 gallon of water on the first day, and a quart on subsequent days. Your tree will stay fresh longer when direct sources of heat are minimized. Place trees away from fireplaces, and heat registers.**
*Research findings in sequestered carbon from Dr. Gary Chastagoner Washington State University Professor of Plant Pathology
**National Christmas Tree Association