Melinda's New Gardeners: Choosing a Christmas Tree

Fresh tree guy

Tips on choosing and caring for your tree.

The holiday tree is the center of many family celebrations. Ornaments collected over the years decorate the boughs while brightly wrapped gifts are carefully placed underneath.

It is no surprise that the Fraser fir is the number one selling Christmas tree. The flattened blue-green needles won't pierce when touched. Their undersides have two silvery white bands, creating additional interest. This along with the full upturned branches, pleasant fragrance, perfect form and long needle retention make it an excellent choice.

Selecting the perfect tree for your home should be an easy and fun experience. Pasquesi makes it easy with 360 degree display of Fraser fir Christmas trees. The trees hang from the ceiling so the branches naturally fall revealing its full size and shape. Give the tree a twirl to check out all sides and make sure the one you select will fit the available space. Check the trunk. It should be straight and small enough to fit in your tree stand.

Give the branch a gentle bend and run your hand along the branch. You'll find the fresh trees at Pasquesi have flexible branches and firmly attached, pliable needles.

Remove at least one inch from the base of the trunk before setting the tree in the stand. This allows it to absorb as much water as possible helping to keep it fresh throughout the holidays. Pasquesi will do this for you, net your tree and place it on your car. Just put the tree in water within an hour of making the cut, for best results.

If you are storing your tree in a shaded frost-free location for several days, give it a fresh cut just before placing it in the tree stand. Straight or diagonal cuts work equally well. However, a diagonal or V shaped cut may make it difficult to properly support the tree in the stand.

Fill the stand with water and check often. Fresh trees can absorb as much as 2 quarts to 1 gallon of water each day for the first week or two. Keeping your tree stand filled with water is the best way to keep it looking its best throughout the holiday season.

Adding a tree preservative to the water will help keep the needles soft, pliable and green. Just read and follow label directions for mixing rates.

Once your tree is securely placed in the stand and reservoir filled with water, it is time to break out the decorations. Turn on some holiday music, sip your favorite hot beverage and enjoy the holidays! 


Melinda Myers is a nationally recognized gardening expert with more than 30 years of horticulture experience.  She is a wealth of knowledge and we are pleased to share Melinda’s New Gardener's Guide with you!