Tips from Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Christmas Trees stand ready for the holiday at Knapp Farms in Sandy.With the proper care, the perfect Christmas tree you have selected will stay green and healthy throughout the holidays.

The Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association offers the following tips to minimize cleanup and maximize the joy of your holiday:

  • If the tree is not going into the house soon after purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of warm water on a cool porch or patio away from wind and sun in warm climates and protected from freezing temperatures and wind in cold climates.

  • Rinse the water reservoir of the tree stand with a mixture of one capful of bleach and one cup of water before inserting the tree. This reduces the growth of microorganisms that can block the tree’s ability to absorb water. Be careful to avoid spilling or splashing the bleach on carpeting, etc.

  • Place the tree in a sturdy stand, which will hold at least one gallon of water after the tree has been placed in it. Fill with plain water.

  • Make a fresh cut on the bottom of the tree to open up the pores, which have been clogged by sap. Cut off at least one-half inch. If you do not make a fresh cut, the tree will not be able to drink water. After the cut is made, put the tree in water as soon as possible. The longer the time between when the tree is given a fresh cut and when it is put into water, the less ability the tree has to absorb water.

  • An average tree may consume between one quart and one gallon of water per day. If the water level drops below the cut end of the trunk, a seal will form and no more water will be absorbed by the tree unless another fresh cut is made. So don’t forget to add water every day.

    For more information, including a list and map of locations to purchase a Christmas tree, visit or call 503-364-2942.

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