Keeping tree in condition

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 December, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 December, 1993, 12:00am
 

A FRESH-CUT tree is a holiday tradition that links Christmases past with the present for many families.


Here are some tips for keeping a fresh cut tree in good condition: When you buy it, the outer foliage of fresh-cut trees should be green.


At home, cut off a quarter inch of the base before taking the tree indoors. That opens the trunk to water.


Check the water every day. Use plain water; no studies show an advantage to adding sugar or other additives.


Large trees can absorb as much as several quarts of water a day. Never let the tree dry out. If it does, a seal will form over the trunk and the only recourse is to take it down and make a new cut.


Keep Christmas trees as well as evergreen decorations away from heat, sunlight and candles.


And speaking of Christmas: the 24-metre (80 ft) white fir Christmas tree in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom has 6,000 lightbulbs, 600 electric candles and 1,000 Victorian-style ornaments.


And speaking of trees: Nova Scotia is the world's leading exporter of Christmas trees.


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