Choose & Cut Christmas Trees
Iconic Balsam Firs (Abies balsamea) with their spicy fragrance, shiny dark green needles, and conical shape, make beautiful Christmas trees. They are the most aromatic of all the firs.
At Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont we use Balsam boughs to make our festive Artisan Wreaths, available at the farm or in our online store.
Fraser Firs (Abies fraseri) are popular Christmas trees due to their naturally pyramidal shape, dense branches, longevity, and their soft, two-tone dark green needles with a silver underside. Mildly fragrant, their strong branches tend to retain their needles longer, making them ideal for decoration lovers with a plethora of ornaments. And just think, no more getting pricked when hanging them!
Caring for Your Tree
Farmer's Almanac Recommendations
When bringing Christmas trees home, saw a couple inches off the bottom of the trunk before setting in water. When trees are cut, pitch oozes out and seals the pores. By sawing off the base, you will open up the pores, and the tree will be able to absorb water.
Watering is critical. A freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours!
Fill the tree stand with water and keep it filled.
Never let the water level go below the tree’s base.
Indoors, keep the tree away from heating ducts or other heat sources. In fact, the lower the temperature, the better the tree will do.
One old Vermonter we knew always packed his tree stand with well-watered soil and planted the tree in the mixture. The soil should be kept wet.
Some people add aspirin or sugar to the water; we can’t say whether either helps. Again, water is the vital element.
For full article, go to the Farmer's Almanac.