By David Lott
Horticulture Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Selecting and Caring for Live Christmas Trees


December 8, 2021

It’s that time of year again to select fresh cut Christmas trees to enjoy for the holiday season. Here are some simple tips to follow on selecting and keeping a tree in good condition in a home or office.

Decide on the space in the home or business where the tree will be located. How tall are the ceilings? Do not choose a tree that is too tall or too wide for the room and the furniture in it.

Avoid placing a fresh cut tree near heat vents, fireplaces, stoves, or portable heaters to prevent the tree from drying out on accident, and becoming a potential fire hazard.

Look for trees that...

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