Sunrise Tree Farm Tree Care Tips

For a fresh, fragrant tree…Treat your tree as carefully as you would a bouquet of fine flowers!

Make a Fresh Cut

  • Make a fresh cut on the butt to open up the pores which have been clogged by sap. Cut off at least one-half inch. The fresh-cut surface should be creamy-white, not yellow or brown. 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 was given a fresh cut and when it is put into water, the less ability the tree has to absorb water.
  • Even if a hole is drilled to accommodate a pin-type stand, a fresh cut also should be made on the butt.

Put in Water

  • 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 micro-organisms that can block the tree’s ability to absorb water. Great car should be taken 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. Fill with plain water.
  • If the tree is not going into the house soon after purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of water on a cool porch or patio away from wind and sun.

Water Daily

  • An average tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
  • If the water level drops below the cut end of the truck, a seal will form and no more water will be absorbed by the tree.  So don't forget to add water every day. 

Use LED or Mini-Lights

  • Miniature lights produce much less heat and reduce the drying effect upon a tree.
  • Always check light sets for frayed or cracked wire insulation and broken sockets before placing them on a tree.  Do not attempt to repair a worn light set.  Throw it away and buy a new set.
  • Always turn off the lights of your tree when leaving the house or retiring for the night.

Keep Away From Heat Sources

  • Place the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, fireplaces, wood stoves and fireplace inserts, radiators, television sets or sunny windows.
  • Be careful not to block a door with the tree or rearranged furniture.

Remove the Tree Promptly

  • After Christmas, before the tree dries remove it from the house for pick up by your disposal service or your local chipping and compost program.
  • Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace.


Enjoy Your Tree!