Christmas Trees

Published On: October 2nd, 2018

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The Christmas tree is a beloved tradition whose origins aren’t entirely known. Bringing a green tree indoors around the time of the Winter Solstice was historically believed to be a celebration of the longer days to come and the approaching growing season.

Evidence suggests that the first Christmas trees associated with the Christian holiday of Christmas, and illuminated with candles, were in 16th-century Germany. Early German settlers to the United States brought this tradition with them and Christmas trees became popular in the United States beginning in the mid-1800s.

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Fraser Fir & Balsam Fir

There are a number of evergreen trees that have been favored as Christmas trees over the years, including Pine, Spruce, and Fir. In recent years Fraser Fir has become the Christmas tree of choice due to its dense uniform growth habit, pleasant fragrance, attractive dark blue-green color, and excellent needle retention.

At Heyden’s Gardens, we carry both Fraser & Balsam Fir.

How to Make Your Christmas Trees Last Longer

To get the longest life out of your Christmas tree we recommend:

  1. Keep your tree outside until you’re ready to set it up.
  2. Before bringing your tree indoors: consider spraying your tree with an anti-desiccant such as Wilt-Stop. This natural, non-toxic product is derived from the resin of Pine trees and forms a clear, flexible protective covering that minimizes needle drying.
  3. Just before bringing it inside: make a fresh, 1-inch fresh cut on the bottom of the tree.
  4. Trees can take up as much as a quart of water each day for the first few days.
  5. Make sure that you keep the water reservoir full and never allow it to dry out completely.
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What to Do With Your Christmas Trees After the Holidays

Once the holidays are over your tree can continue to serve a function. Cut the branches off your tree for evergreen boughs, which make excellent winter protective mulch for perennial beds. Alternatively, place the entire Christmas tree in a corner of your property to provide shelter for overwintering birds.

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