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For one family, bringing their three small children to pick out a Christmas tree is a FUN event. But capturing their day with photos at Hensler Nursery is a memory they will always have. Thanks for sharing this wonderful photo essay with us!
Advice from the experts at Hensler’s
Whether you’ve put up your beautiful Christmas tree weeks in advance or just a few days prior to December 25, chances are you want to know how make this tree last and looking its best. Turns out you can reasonably keep a cut Christmas tree fresh for many weeks if you take a few extra steps to ensure its livelihood. And we’re going to tell you how to do it!
It’s true that some trees are heartier than others when it comes to staying fresh over the course of a few weeks.
“Fir trees are a hearty tree and have many great qualities,” says John Hensler, a 40-year veteran tree grower and owner of Hensler Nursery. “They have a strong, lasting fragrance, sturdy needles, and with proper care has a good display life.”
Don’t let that keep you from selecting other favorites like the White Pine known for its soft needles making it a very child-friendly tree, or the vibrant Scotch Pine loved for its blue-green appearance.
When selecting your tree to be cut, avoid trees with brown or dry needles. Make a clean cut. And just prior to placing the tree in the stand, make one more cut of ¼ to ½ inch.
“A fresh cut on the base should remove the naturally occurring sap that may have dried out at the base of the tree,” says John. “This will allow the tree to soak up water a little better.”
There is no need to remove the bark at the base of the tree before placing the tree in the stand. Actually, the bark helps maintain moisture better than a bare stem.
As you can probably expect, water is essential to a thriving tree. Make sure to get a cut tree in water as soon as possible. After that, water and water often.
A freshly-cut six-to-seven foot tree can take in over a quart of water a day. The water basin of the stand should be sufficiently large that the very bottom of the tree will always remain immersed in water.
“A tree can’t be overwatered,” John says. “The bigger problem would be if the tree dried up for even one day, the tree would no longer be able to take up additional water.”
Using a hefty tree stand goes a long way to ensuring not only stability of the tree, but helping the watering process.
“The best tree stands have a solid base and a large enough water bowl to keep the tree hydrated,” explains John.
The mechanisms for keeping the tree properly aligned need to be simple to use and adjust as needed. “We actually sell a stand with alignment screws that have a special feature so that the bolt will press lightly against the tree trunk and not screw into the tree,” he says.
These tips might seem obvious but are often overlooked as we find space to showcase our beautiful tree. Keep them in mind when you bring your tree home and you’ll ensure longer-lasting freshness.
Even though Christmas Fest doesn’t begin until the day after Thanksgiving, we won’t keep early shoppers waiting who enjoy getting a head start on the holidays. Now until Christmas Fest, you are welcome to drop by during our regular business hours to place advance orders, see our new products, and shop for Christmas trees and fresh greenery items.
Pre-season business hours:
9am – 4pm CST on weekdays
9am – 5pm CST on weekends
November 3rd – 26th
When Christmas Fest begins, we’ll have a daily schedule of 9am – 6pm CST.
Christmas 2014 is the year of the deer! In honor of Sven, the newest addition to our deer family, we’ve hand-crafted wooden reindeer that are perfectly suited for your front porch. Designed & constructed right here at Hensler’s. Learn more
New this year is our Pine Cone Pendant topped with fresh greenery. The greenery is built into an spongy oasis that you can refresh with water to extend the life of the greens. Ready to be hung festively inside or outside. Learn more
Santa and Mrs. Claus will not be at the farm this weekend (Dec. 21 – 22, 2013) as they are heading back to the North Pole. We will be open this weekend and still have fresh greenery items and Christmas trees to help out with your last minute needs before Christmas.