NCTA Tips for the Selection and Care of a Sustainable Real Christmas Tree

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While it may be getting colder and colder on the outside, the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) recommends the selection, purchase and decoration of a real Christmas tree to sustainably add warmth and beauty to any home. Unlike fake trees, real Christmas trees are sustainably grown, environmentally safe in the home, and completely recyclable.

NCTA Tips for the Selection and Care of a Sustainable Real Christmas Tree

Now that Thanksgiving is past, the last vestiges of fall decorations are being put away for another year as temperatures continue their downward seasonal adjustment. While it may be getting colder and colder on the outside, the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) recommends the selection, purchase and decoration of a sustainably-grown real Christmas tree to add warmth and beauty to any home.

The NCTA website offers seasonal tips on how to select a real Christmas tree. These tips include:
1. Understanding the difference between species of real Christmas trees;
2. Pre-measuring the size of the space where the tree will reside;
3. Determining the size and weight of ornaments;
4. Testing the tree for freshness, and
5. Making sure the correct size stand is employed.

“Real Christmas trees are symbolic of this season of giving and sharing, and family gatherings,” says Tom Dull, a Christmas tree grower from Thorntown, Indiana and president of the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA). “Nothing says Christmas better than the fresh scent, feel and texture of a real Christmas tree. And real Christmas trees are much more environmentally friendly than a fake tree manufactured in China.”

Dull says the NCTA recommends consumers shop for real Christmas trees as early as possible to ensure the best opportunity to find the species, size, fullness and freshness desired for home or office.

“Whether you prefer to select a tree as a family at your local choose and cut Christmas tree farm, or choose from a variety of sustainably-grown trees at their retailer of choice, the earlier the selection process begins the better chance you will have of finding that perfect tree,” says Dull.

The steps to take in caring for a tree after purchase are just as important, states Dull.

“A real Christmas tree will remain fresher longer the sooner you can get it in water once you get home. Insist on a fresh cut at the end of the trunk before you leave the retail location, and then put it in a bucket of water as soon as you arrive home especially if you are not going to place it in the stand anytime soon,” says Dull. “The ability for a Christmas tree to take up water is severely diminished after six hours following its last fresh cut on the trunk. Keeping it in water the entire time after you get home will greatly enhance its ability to stay fresh throughout the holiday season.”

NCTA also recommends keeping the tree away from direct heat sources such as HVAC vents and fireplaces, and using a stand that is large enough for the trunk of the tree. Whittling the trunk to fit the stand is not good for the tree, and could create an unstable situation when the tree is in the stand.

For additional tips on the selection and care of a sustainable real Christmas tree, or to learn more about the different real Christmas tree species, please visit http://www.realchristmastrees.org/All-About-Trees/Selection-Tips.

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For more information contact:
Hugh Whaley, NCTA
800-975-5920, ext. 704
hugh(at)realchristmastrees(dot)org

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