A few simple care tips will enhance the enjoyment of your Christmas tree and keep it fresh and fragrant throughout the holiday season. Keep the tree outdoors, standing in a container of water, protected from the wind and sun until you are ready to decorate. This will help the tree retain its moisture.
Before bringing the tree into your home and placing it in a stand, make a fresh cut a minimum of 1/4" off the base of the trunk. This opens the tree stem so it can take up water. Immediately place the tree into water. If you allow the water level to drop below the fresh cut, a new seal will form over the stem. Remember - trees are really thirsty! They may drink between two pints to a gallon of water a day. Use a water-bearing stand with a capacity of a gallon or more. Check this stand daily and supply fresh hot water as needed. Place your tree away from fireplaces, radiators, and other heat sources. They can prematurely dry your tree.
If you hang your wreath indoors, a daily "misting" with a spray bottle will help prolong the boughs. Keep your wreath away from fireplaces, radiators, and other heat sources.