Tips to keep your Christmas tree alive longer

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – With Thanksgiving done, many in the East will be heading out to stores and local lots to get their Christmas tree.

Some Christmas tree growers said the key to keeping your tree alive longer is making sure it has water at all times. Adam Cuthbertson with Mountain Boy Trees said some people try to add things to the water, but the best option is just plain water.

Even if the tree goes without water for few hours, Cuthbertson said you can just cut off the bottom part that has died out to ensure the tree will still take up the water.

By keeping the tree hydrated, it should stay alive longer and pose less of a fire danger.

“I’ve helped them do demonstrations and we’ve tried to burn green threes, they just don’t burn. They won’t flame up,” Cuthbertson said. “But if you let them dry out, yes they will.”

Cuthbertson said trees sold at local lots should last longer then department store trees because they have been cut more recently.

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