Is your Instagram and Facebook feed filling up with all of your friends and family decorating their newly purchased or recently cut tree? A lot of people rush out right after Thanksgiving (and some before), but others wait to avoid the rush, and to make sure their tree will last the full month. If you’ve still got “get a tree and trimmings” on your to-do list then we’ve got you covered! We rounded up some of our favorite local garden centers and nurseries. Many have extended hours and are continuing to adjust them throughout the season so make sure to call ahead to get updated hours and information. We’ve also included some important tree care tips for you to make sure your tree stays healthy for the whole month!
Harrison Avenue Garden Center // IG: @harrisonavegc
Mangones Garden Center // IG: @mangonesgardencenter
Amodio’s // IG: @amodiosgardens
CARING FOR YOUR FRESH TREE
Make a Fresh Cut!
If you’re purchasing a pre-cut Christmas tree, ask for it to have a fresh cut. You can also do this at home with a handsaw.
Place away from the heat
Find a spot away from any source of heat such as fireplaces, heaters, and even televisions. These can speed of the process of evaporation and lead to water and moisture loss.
It only takes about 4-6 hours for the stump to seal over with sap. Once that happens it will prevent the tree from getting adequate water, no matter how much you water it. If you can’t put it in water immediately you should plan to make a fresh cut just prior to putting in the stand with water.
Depending on the size of your Christmas tree, it can drink up to 2 gallons per day. You never want your water to go below the fresh cut otherwise it has potential to reseal. Make sure you’re checking water levels daily.
Some recommend adding sprite, or sugar or Christmas tree food, however most say that just water is exactly what it needs.