For many, the day you go out and choose your tree is the official start of the holiday season. Nothing gets people in the spirit quite like the joy and warmth a Christmas tree can bring to your home. That being said – you want to make sure you’re still getting the most out of the experience and doing so means taking care of your tree consistently.

The good news for you is Christmas tree maintenance is pretty low-level stuff and it won’t take much for you to have a happy, healthy tree that looks and smells great throughout the holiday season. Here are some things you can do to keeping your Christmas tree looking green and fresh!

Let’s jump right in!

What keeps a tree fresh and green?

Water, water and more water! Trees soak up as much water as they can handle, so don’t worry about room temperature. Trees aren’t picky eaters!

Trees drink about a gallon of water a day. We recommend about ¾ of that in the trees basin every day. There will inevitably be water left over from the day before – so that should more than get your tree through the next 24-48 hours.

A good thing to remember is that for the first two weeks after you get your tree that it’ll need more water. Check the basin at least twice a day to make sure the stand is never empty. After two weeks, you can go back to checking once a day.

What’s with this trick I keep hearing about?

Long story, short – everyone’s got their secret ingredient that turns their tree into a redwood. We’ve heard it all – people have claimed to have used honey, corn syrup and even bleach to get more life out of their tree.

While all that sounds very life-hacker-ish, reality is they probably don’t have much of an effect at all, assuming they do in the first place. University research is 100% inconclusive and found zero correlation between these additives and tree growth/health.

At the end of the day – all you really need is just a little water!

That being said – if you want to make sure your tree is getting the water it should, we recommend that when you get your tree home from the farm, that you cut an inch or so off the bottom of the trunk. That way when you put it in the basin, it’ll soak up water more efficiently.

Good luck finding the perfect tree this holiday season! Enjoy your loved ones and here’s to green trees! Happy holidays!