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The Christmas tree is a beloved tradition whose origins aren’t entirely known. Bringing a green tree indoors around the time of the Winter Solstice was historically believed to be a celebration of the longer days to come and the approaching growing season. Evidence suggests that the first Christmas trees associated with the Christian holiday of Christmas, and illuminated with candles, were in 16th century Germany. Early German settlers to the United States brought this tradition with them and Christmas trees became popular in the United States beginning in the mid 1800’s.
There are a number of evergreen trees that have been favored as Christmas trees over the years, including Pine, Spruce and Fir. In recent years Fraser Fir has become the Christmas tree of choice due to its dense uniform growth habit, pleasant fragrance, attractive dark blue-green color and excellent needle retention. At Johnson’s Gardens we carry exclusively Wisconsin grown Fraser Fir.
To get the longest life out of your Christmas tree we suggest that you keep the tree outdoors until you are ready to set it up in your home. At that time make a fresh cut on the bottom of the tree immediately prior to setting it in the tree stand in water. Trees can take up as much as a quart of water each day the first few days they are in the stand so make sure that you keep the water reservoir full and never allow it dry out completely. For maximum longevity consider spraying your tree with an anti-desiccant such as Wilt-Stop before bringing it indoors. This natural, nontoxic product is derived from the resin of Pine trees and forms a clear, flexible protective covering that minimizes needle drying. Another helpful product is Tree Life, a non-toxic liquid that is added to the tree water and softens tree fibers, allowing for better water absorption. Learn more about Winterizing Evergreens >>
Once the holidays are over your tree can continue to serve a function. Cut the branches off your tree for evergreen boughs, which make excellent winter protective mulch for perennial beds. Alternatively, place the entire Christmas tree in a corner of your property to provide shelter for overwintering birds.