University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension Educator John Fech says there are some easy things you can do to preserve the tree to last the holiday season.
Fech says, “The first step is to re-cut the end of the tree, the butt end of the tree that came out of the ground. Cut about an inch off. This will help facilitate uptake of water into the tree’s vessels. Sometimes there is not a huge amount of uptake but there is always a little bit and a fresh cut will help facilitate that.”
The next step is putting it in a tree stand. Fech says select the largest possible, about the size of an oil change pan. The tree must have fresh, clean water at all times. Never let the level drop below the cut surface of the tree itself. That tree could go through a lot of water so check it several times a day.
Fech says placement of the tree is also important. He says avoid a bright south window as the sun can dry it out. It is also a good idea to keep it away from all heat sources like a register, space heater or wood stove.