How to keep your Christmas tree alive a little longer, according to a farmer | WJMN

If people get their Christmas trees sooner, they’ll need to keep them alive longer

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Faced with concerns about the shortage of Christmas trees, many people have started shopping early. But with the tree in the stall before the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone, there’s a risk it could last until Christmas.

Luckily, one farmer in Oregon is willing to share his tips for keeping plants in top condition.

Justin Timm’s Frog Pond Farm in Wilsonville says trees are thirsting more in 2021 because of the drought. So if you want to keep a pre-cut plant alive, make sure you’re keeping it well-hydrated.

Timm says all tree buyers should give it a new cut at the bottom, and the plant must be placed in water within 45 minutes of a new cut. Any longer than that, and the sap will solidify at the bottom of the tree, preventing the tree from taking in more water unless it is cut back.

As for the additives, Timm isn’t sure if they actually work.

“I don’t want to say it’s a total fallacy,” Timm said. “Water is the trick. So you can add 7-Up, you can add some kind of item with that sugar. They say it helps them absorb more into the plant. I can’t say for sure if it’s there, but as long as it’s constantly watered, you should be in good shape,” he said.

And if a tree is near a heat vent, close that vent, says Timm.

For those still buying trees, Timm suggests buying a heavier tree. Weight can be an indication that the plant is absorbing more water.

“If a tree is extremely light, it will probably not be as healthy and struggle as long as a heavier tree because the heavier tree will have more water,” he said.

Timm’s farm has about 3,000 trees available, of both douglas and noble fir varieties. Most trees are 5 to 9 feet tall, he said, because taller trees are more exposed to heat and damaged in 2021, so there aren’t many trees available at all farms.

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Emma Bowman

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