Every year, our buyer Amy travels to central Washington, pulls on her boots and walks the tree farm to choose from specially-grown trees. She looks for a natural shape, symmetry and overall health and beauty and then picks her favorites. This dedication to quality ensures your Christmas Tree will be the best ever. All our trees are hand-pruned and grown with loving care at a second-generation family farm just a few hours away. Here are some basic tips from our resident experts, to help your tree stay fresher, longer:
A tree needs a fresh cut (about ½-1”) prior to going into a water holding tree stand, the more water a stand can hold the better for the tree and you. The cut should be perpendicular to the trunk of the tree, and the cut should remain clean until it goes into the water.
Molbak’s offers a fresh cut when you buy a tree. If you aren’t going to put the tree into its stand or a bucket of water temporarily within about 4 hours, you will need to make a fresh cut just prior to setting it up. If the cut is left to dry out it creates a seal so that the pores of the cut area are not able to take up water.
Avoid scraping/whittling the sides of the trunk when putting it into the stand because the outer area of the trunk is the best at taking up water into the tree.
The drilled hole in the center of the trunk will not help take up water.
If the tree isn’t going into the house right away it’s better to leave it outside in the rain to retain its freshness.
When you first install the tree in the stand be very attentive to the water level for the first couple of days, it may drink a lot of water in the first hours and you will probably have to top off the water level. After those initial days it will probably take up a smaller amount of water. Be sure to check daily, and don’t let the water level fall below the bottom of the trunk.
You can use a preservative, but the single most important thing is a fresh cut and keeping the base of the trunk submerged in water.