Make Your Christmas Tree Last in a Warm Climate

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The holidays are never complete without the traditional Christmas tree set up in your home. It enlivens the household when the tree's lights are switched on and the glittering illumination and the bright and pretty ornaments on the tree, topped with something grand like an angel - wings spread to the heavens. A Christmas tree brings joy and boosts everybody's spirits. If, however, you live in a warm climate, and your Christmas tree is a real one (not a synthetic store bought one), the tree needs special treatment since it is no longer rooted in soil.

Instructions for Extending the Life of Your Christmas tree in Warm Climates

If you live the in the southern part of the USA, or anywhere in the world where the usual temperate is tropical or warm, it does not exempt you from having your own Christmas tree in the house. You know that the kids will yearn for it, especially if the adults' spirits are down when October rolls around and Christmas is just around the corner. The children will want to have that special time when they are helping to decorate the tree with special ornaments. The finale is the topping of the tree with a special grand ornament (a big star, angel, etc.) by the youngest member of the family, carried on the shoulders of a strong adult. And then, the switching on of the tree lights is also a much awaited event. Here are some things you can do to extend the life of your tree. This works in cold climates as well, as often it's actually warmer and dryer indoors, because the heater is on.

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    Try to buy a tree very early
    Keep in mind that a lot of people will have the same idea as your, so buy a fresh and green Christmas tree. It's best that you buy your tree around August or September, or the very least, early October. If early, you can choose from among the best in the lot. When late, you get to choose from not-so-pleasant-looking trees.
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    When choosing for a tree in a sale or on a farm, run your fingers through the needles
    If the needles come off easily, this means that the needles are too dry, and the tree would not survive months (if you mount your tree in your home in September or October and take it down in January (usually the 6th) of gawking and touching. Also the addition of the fancy lights, not to mention the hot weather where you live could create a fire hazard. Move on to the other trees, and you will find one that suits your needs.
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    Look for those shiny, green needles
    You do not want to bring home a tree that has brown needles already. Remember that if you will be looking for a tree in a lot sale, the trees available there will have been already left there for weeks or months, and have been dried out in the sun.
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    There is a wide selection of trees that are more suitable for warm climates
    1. Scotch pine. Its shape is very much a classic cone of the typical Christmas tree and its needle retention character is very strong. It is actually the most popular tree cut for the holidays. It's easy to cultivate because it is easily adaptable to a wide range of climates (warm included) and soils.
    2. Virginia pine. One of few evergreens to stand warm temperatures, it is a favorite tree cut for Christmas in the southern parts of the USA. Its needles also hold very well.
    3. If you are the type of person who cannot rely on himself to water the Christmas tree on a daily basis, get the Scotch pine or a white pine, because their needles stay on even when dry.
    4. Remember this: If you buy a tree that has been naturally cultivated, you are supporting a local tree farmer. Most artificial Christmas trees are shipped from abroad, and will hang around landfills for centuries.
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    Once you have brought the selected tree home, give it a straight cut of at least one inch on the bottom of the trunk, and place it in a bucket of warm water outside the house
    Do this as soon as possible because the tree's healthiness will be in question when the part which was cut from is exposed to air for three to six hours.
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    One consideration is to add a liquid preservative for the Christmas tree
    This mixture will help the water of the tree become more acidic and also induces the tree to absorb more water. Another thing, it prevents the growth of algae because the mixture is also a disinfectant. The tree should stay rooted to this mixture until it is to be installed as your official Christmas tree inside the house. Until then, the tree, while outside, should be kept in a shaded and protected place so that sun and wind damage will not occur.
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    This is the recipe for the Christmas tree preservative mixture
    1. Ingredients: one gallon water, 2 cups of Karo or light corn syrup, 4 teaspoons of plain chlorine bleach (never scented or colored), and optional ingredient is 4 teaspoons of lemon juice or vinegar.
    2. Do not drink this mixture. Also, do not breathe the vapors in, as the bleach and the vinegar can cause lung problems. When adding lemon juice or vinegar, add to the water, not to the bleach.
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    An easier preservative mixture recipe is this
    A can of regular (not diet) Sprite or 7 Up is added to the water together with one to two tablespoons of bleach.
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    Place the Christmas tree in an internal house spot away from traffic and heat sources
    The more bumps and touches it gets from human beings, the more needles fall and die. You'll be disappointed if it loses all its needles before Christmas.
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    The cooler the spot, the better for the tree
    Heat makes the tree dry out. Needles will become brittle and fall off.
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    The tree stand should always be full of water and the mixture (if you choose to add one)
    Check often.
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    Always check the tree lights for any damage
    Remember, it is a heat source, so because it touches the tree, which is flammable, there is a probable percentage of fire happening. Just be careful about this.  
    1. LED lights are a way better choice. Replace your old lights with these new ones, that don't emit heat, and are way safer.
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Added note. Research says if you are diligent and take good care of your real tree, it should last six weeks. So, beginning of December to buy your tree makes so much more sense. Living where winter's get cold, maybe they do this in California, but I doubt it.

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