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How to keep a Christmas tree fresh
Buy it freshly cut. Nothing beats cutting your own tree at a local tree farm. But if you buy a pre-cut tree, avoid trees harvested more than three weeks earlier and check for freshness: The needles should feel flexible and smell fresh. Lift the tree up by a few inches and bang its trunk against the ground. “If a shower of needles drops off, keep looking.”
Give it TLC. Pamper your tree by getting it in water quickly. If it was pre-cut, use a saw to make a fresh cut about an inch from the bottom, which will help the tree take up water. Plan to water it daily, because a tree whose trunk is 4 inches in diameter will drink about a gallon a day.
Consider humidity. Don’t place the tree near a heater, radiator, or fireplace that will dry it out more quickly. Think about using a humidifier so you can keep the room’s humidity level at about 40 percent.
Source: Slate.com ■