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How to Keep a Christmas Tree from Shedding

Don't let your holiday season get cut short by a shedding tree. Practice good shopping and care techniques to keep your tree healthy.


  • Step 1: Decide on a tree type Decide which type of tree you want. Different species hold needles for different lengths of time. Balsam and Fraser firs feature good needle retention, blue spruce will drop needles in a warm room, and Scotch pines will hold on to their needles for about four weeks.
  • Step 2: Choose a fresh tree Choose a fresh tree if you're not cutting one down yourself. Ask the seller whether the trees are delivered once at the beginning of the season or if they're delivered multiple times throughout the selling season.
  • TIP: Shop for your tree early in the selling season to ensure a fresh tree.
  • Step 3: Feel the tree Run a branch through your hand and feel the tree. The needles should be flexible and not fall off.
  • Step 4: Drop the tree Hold the tree a few inches off the ground and drop it on its butt end. While a few inner, brown needles should fall off, few green needles should drop.
  • Step 5: Cut and water the tree Use the saw to cut an inch from the butt end of the tree and put it in water immediately when you get home. Cutting the end will allow for water intake, keeping your tree fresher longer.
  • Step 6: Choose a good location Don't set up your tree by heat vents, radiators, or windows that get a lot of direct sunlight. Heat will dry out your tree and cause it to shed.
  • Step 7: Decorate with small lights Decorate your tree with small Christmas lights that give off as little heat as possible. With the proper care, your Christmas tree will remain beautiful throughout the holiday season.
  • FACT: It takes an average of seven to 10 years for a Christmas tree to mature.

You Will Need

  • Right species
  • Fresh tree
  • Saw
  • Water
  • Good location
  • Small lights

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