- If storing the tree before use, put the trunk in water and keep in a cool, protected area.
- If the tree was cut more than 12 hours before placing it in a stand, cut off 1/4 inch of the base to improve water uptake. Do not cut at an angle and do not remove any bark. Cut it straight across.
- Make sure that your tree stand has an adequate basin, one that will hold at least a gallon of water, and that the ring to hold the tree upright is large enough to accommodate the size of the trunk.
- Replenish the water daily, making sure that the water level extends above the base of the tree. Adequate moisture is essential to keeping a tree fresh and preventing needle loss. Do not add anything to the water. Only clean water is needed for hydration.
- Keep your tree away from sources of heat, such as radiators, fireplaces, heat vents, and sunlight, and lower the room temperature to reduce moisture loss and slow drying.
- Check your tree for dryness regularly. If needles feel brittle and fall off easily, the tree should be removed from the house.