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How to keep that fresh cut tree vibrant through the holidays

Your Christmas tree could last a little longer depending the species and upkeep.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — If you are planning on heading out to cut down that fresh Christmas tree, OSU Extension says it’s all about timing to keep that tree fresh. 

If you are cutting down the tree yourself, experts suggest giving it a fresh cut as soon as possible. 

The best way to do this is by re-cutting at least one inch from the bottom before putting your tree in the stand.

“You’ll want to water it every day and my suggestion is to pick the same time each day. It’ll also help to keep the tree in a cool place and away from any heater vents," Thomas deHaas, an Agriculture/Natural Resource Educator at OSU Extension, said.

Most Christmas trees that you will find are a Douglas fir but if you head out to a farm, you can also find a large variety of species. 

Depending on the type of tree you get, it might not last as long as you like. Thomas says, “firs tend to last a little longer than most spruce do”.

For more information on how to care for your tree and the types of trees, you can find that here.

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