Tips for Handling Christmas Trees in Retail Stores
Quality Christmas trees can be made available to consumers only if proper handling procedures are followed during harvest, shipping, storage and display. The retail lot is a critical point in this process, where trees are often maintained in less than optimal conditions. However, by observing a few simple guidelines, the retailer can provide customers with fresher, more desirable trees.
Care and Handling Procedures
Information for Consumers
Several points should be emphasized by retailers to their customers: 1) a fresh cut of 1/2 to 1 inch should be made on the trunk prior to placing in water for display, 2) the trunk should not be allowed to get dirty or muddy, thereby interfering with water uptake, and 3) the tree should be displayed in a stand with sufficient water-holding capacity and the stand should be refilled each day. A general rule is that trees often require one quart of water per day for each inch of trunk diameter. Retailers should also remind customers that fresh Christmas trees, kept well-watered, are almost impossible to set afire, but to display trees away from heat and possible sources of ignition (stoves, fireplaces, etc.).
Both growers and sellers of Christmas trees benefit if fresh, high-quality trees reach the consumers. If proper procedures are followed in handling, storage, and displaying, trees sold in retail stores will more likely than not be fresh. If you have any questions about caring for your trees, feel free to contact us!
What do you do when your trunks split? Under certain conditions, a small percentage of trees may develop cracks. Read the PDF linked below to learn everything you need to know about dealing with split trunks.