f.a.q.'s about Christmas trees:
Is it okay to buy a tree that is losing its needles?
Some dropping of older, interior needles is natural and normal. However, if the overall color is faded, the bark of the outer twigs is wrinkled and the green, exterior needles easily fall off at a gentle touch or when the tree is bounced on a hard surface, it is excessively dry. Select a different one.
Is a fresh cut really necessary before putting a tree in a water stand?
Always make a fresh cut if possible. After time, generally 30 to 60 minutes, the cut stump gets air in the plant tissue, which lessens a tree's water absorption capacity. A fresh cut will reopen the pores that take up water.
How much should be cut off?
Only 2-4 inches is needed, but more is perfectly fine.
Will tapering the base or cutting it at an angle increase the area that takes up water?
No. This reduces the surface area of plant tissue that absorbs water molecules. Once the water level falls below the exposed surface on a tapered trunk, drying will begin. An angle or "V" cut will require more water depth to cover the cut surface. It also makes the tree more difficult to hold upright in a stand and less stable.
Should I add bleach, aspirin, fertilizer or other things to the water to make my tree last longer?
No! Research has shown that plain tap water is best. We believe that adding our tree preservative makes a huge difference in the life of the tree. It keeps bacteria from growing just like your flower food you get with cut flowers.
How large should my water stand be?
Choosing a large capacity stand is one of the most important steps to maintaining your tree's freshness. Avoid small "coffee cup" stands. Check the water level frequently since trees can drink large amounts of water each day, particularly pre-cut trees during the first week of display. Generally, a tree can use up to one quart of water per day for each inch of stem diameter. Therefore, a stand that will hold a four-inch trunk should hold at least one gallon (4 quarts) of water with the tree in the stand.
What kind of tree stand should I use?
We believe that our Cinco Tree Stands are superior to any other stand on the market. They are extremely easy to setup and they hold a lot of water. They are durable and are easily hidden beneath a tree skirt.
What if my tree doesn't seem to be absorbing water in the stand?
First, it will not absorb water right away since it has not had time to begin drying out. Second, the best indicator of dryness is the tree itself, not the water level in the stand. The rate of water absorption will fluctuate from day to day. This is normal.
Do Real Trees present the type of fire hazards we often hear about on the news?
Less than 0.0004% of Real Christmas Trees used each year are ignited in home fires and NEVER has a Real Christmas Tree caused or started a fire.