Christmas Tree Water Consumption Calculations

Tis the season for debates and discussion about critical holiday topics, like tinsel versus garland or whether to go with a real Christmas tree or faux. Given that 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold each year, according to the National Christmas Tree Association, our team at Madison Company wanted to fulfill our long-standing duties as water sensing professionals to provide our readers with a few helpful hints for keeping that real tree fresh for as long as possible during your holiday festivities:


1.  Cut : If you're cutting your own tree and putting it up in your home within 12 hours, there's no reason for any further cuts to the tree stump.  If you've purchased a fresh tree from a lot, recommendations are that you'll only wanted cut 1/4" to 1/2" off the base of the tree.  This will open up fresh tree fibers needed for absorbing water to keep your tree fresh longer. 

2. Water: The first week your Christmas tree is up it will consume the most amount of water, so check it daily. According to the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, for every inch of diameter your tree trunk is round, estimate one quart of water consumed.  For an average tree, your tree stand should hold approximately one gallon of water.  Again - check it frequently especially during the first week.

3. Remove: Check your tree by running your fingers across the needles - if the needles fall into your hand or break easily, the tree has dried out and should be removed from your home. While in-home tree fires are rare, be sure to keep real trees away from fireplaces, heat vents, direct sunlight and portable heaters.  Also keeping room temperatures low will slow the drying process and extend the life of your tree slightly.

We wish you all the very merriest of holidays and look forward to serving you again in 2018!

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