You’ve found the perfect Christmas Tree! Now the next step is to continue the family tradition and decorate your tree. We want to make sure your tree lasts as long as possible for the Christmas.

Here are some tips and tricks we recommend to keep your tree alive, healthy and safe!

5 Tips on Caring for Your Christmas Tree - Marquardt Farms

1.  Once you get home, place your Christmas tree in water as soon as possible, or within 6-8 hours after you’ve cut the tree . If you’re not going to decorate right away ( or if you don’t have a proper tree stand) place the tree in a bucket of water until you’re ready to go.

2. Make sure you have an adequate tree stand that will hold enough water for your tree. The general rule of thumb is your tree stand should be able to hold – in quarts – the equivalent of your tree’s diameter. So if the tree measures 7 inches across, your stand should hold 7 quarts of water. Click here for our tips on buying Christmas tree stands.

3. Try to keep your tree in a dry area. Keep trees away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight). Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day.

4. Check your water levels on a daily basis and water your drink as often as possible. A tree can absorb as much gallon of water or more in the first 24 hours and one or more quarts a day thereafter. Keeping your tree watered helps to maintain its fragrance ( because we all love that pine fresh Christmas smell) and longevity.

A good rule of thumb – when you turn on your lights at night time, get into the habit of checking your water levels in your tree stand.

5.Try to use lights that are low heat, and always turn your lights off when you leave the house and before going to bed. This helps with preserving your tree and also reduces fire hazard.

That’s it! What are some tips and tricks you have up your sleeve to take care of your Christmas tree this season?