It's interesting that over the last 6 years I've bought fresh cut trees
(watched the guy cut the tree I selected) and have usually taken at
least 1/2" off the bottom, at home, before putting it upright. Some
years they take lots of water and then trail off in a few weeks. This
year, the tree took 5 gallons in the 1st 9 days, the most ever. I can
maybe attribute some of it to the fact that I didn't have to take off
too much bark to make it fit the stand; just a little on the bottom. I
have a reservoir which feeds water through a 1/4" hose to the stand, so
the water level is usually kept pretty high, unless I forget to fill the
reservoir. I understand that the layer just under the bark is where most
of the nutrients are sucked in, so that part of the trunk is always wet.
Next year my tree probably won't take any water. Too much work getting
it, cleaning up after it, etc. This year my wife actually had 2 asthma
attacks, probably from molds, etc, while working on it. I should have
power washed it before before bringing it into the house. We though we'd
buy one of those Balsam Hills trees ... pricey, but they seem to look
I dont buy live trees. I have a small artificial one that I use. But
when I was a kid, my father always bought a live tree, and he always cut
off at least a half inch of the trunk, right before he put it in the
stand. Then he put sugar water in the stand. I dont know if the sugar
really served a purpose or was just some "old wives tale". But the trees
held up well, and he never took them down until after New Years.
On 12/13/2015 4:04 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I have a live potted Frazier Fir tree on my front porch that I bought a
few weeks ago. I thought I was going to bring it in and decorate it as a
table top tree, but instead I just kept it on the front porch and put
lights on it out there. Inside I took the old lights off the table top
tree from years past and put new LEDs on it and it looks like a brand
new tree, now.
Yeah, my niece does that every year, however, you can only keep the live
potted tree inside for a few days ... anyway, that's what she told me.
BTW, my 9 1/2' fresh cut Frasier Fir is still drinking water, but not as
much as in the 1st 9 days. Now it's taking about a quart per day.
I like Douglas firs which aren't really a fir so they don't make the
Tannenbaum cut.. I visit them in the woods but don't bring them home
Where do you find nobles? They're a west coast species with a fairly
limited distribution unless they're growing them in Christmas tree farms.
If I really wanted a LIVE tree, I'd probably get one of these potted
trees too. I've always thought that cutting down all those young conifer
trees every year are a huge waste. They could become lumber or provide
other needs, while giving us oxygen in the process. Instead they are cut
down, put in someone's house for a few weeks, then tossed in the trash.
Many of them dont even get into someone's home. They go to a xmas tree
lot and are never sold, and just go right to the trash. That is such a
The age old arguement is that they are PLANTED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Yea,
that's true, but that uses up land that could be used to grow food or
grow trees for lumber or other uses.
The artificial trees today can be very realistic looking, and do the
same thing as a REAL tree. They are safer, and you dont have to buy a
new one each year. Not to mention less work....
While LED light sets are a lot safer than the old incan... bulbs, live
trees can still quickly start a fire if they are ignited. I cant even
imagine how or why anyone with a brain would use candles on a conifer
tree inside a house, yet that was common practice before electric xmas
And for those who like the scent of pine in your house. There are lots
of ways to achieve that without killing trees....
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