University of Maryland Extension

Christmas Tree Care

 Southern Marylanders can find a list of local Choose and Cut Tree farms and other Farm products in the guidebook called “Farms for the Holidays.” This guidebook is available on line as well as our public libraries.

 Keep it Fresh! –Water your Cut Christmas Tree

 A tree with a 4-inch stem diameter will use up to a gallon of water per day! You want to make sure you have a stand that can hold an adequate amount of water. Many tree stands can still have water in them but the base of the tree is no longer submerged. Therefore, check your water level daily and add fresh water as needed!

A well-cared for tree should normally remain fresh for at least three to four weeks before drying to an unacceptable level. When you bring live cut tree into your home make sure you locate it away from space heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves, and other heat sources. Monitor your tree for dryness, if needles begin to fall easily then it needs to be removed from the home. A dried out tree is dangerous, you may feel sorry for that “Charlie Brown tree” but don’t purchase it!

At the end of the season, our local transfer stations offer collection sites that allow residents to drop off their trees after the holiday. They will be turned into mulch!

Check out our factsheets on Selecting and Caring for the Cut Christmas Tree and Holiday Plant Care: Poinsettia

More Information about Seasonal Plants can be found on the Home and Garden Information Center website.



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