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T rees draw water from deep within the ground up into their leaves or needles.

Trees need water

Many trees are over 150 feet tall and pump hundreds of gallons of water a day! A tree in a Christmas tree stand does the same thing, drawing water up through its trunk. Put the tree in water as soon as possible. This will allow the tree to continue to absorb water.

The Treeland Treestand holds 5 quarts of water, and a 10 quart bowl is also available. For refilling the water, pick up our Santa's Water Magic Spout! It makes adding water easy.

If there is a delay in putting the tree in water, the pores on the bottom of the truck can become clogged with sap. If necessary, you can make a fresh cut on the butt of the tree to open up the pores which have been clogged by sap. Cut off at least one-half inch. The fresh-cut surface should be cream-white, not yellow or brown.

Keep a close eye on the level of water in your Christmas tree stand, and add water whenever it begins to get low. You'll be surprised at how much water it uses! An average tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.

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Safety tips

  • User smaller lights. Miniature lights produce much less heat and reduce the drying effect upon a tree.
  • Check your lights for frayed or cracked wire insulation and broken sockets.
  • Be sure to water daily! If the supply of water no longer allows the tree to absorb water, the ability of the tree to absorb water later is reduced.
  • Always turn off the lights of your tree when leaving the house or retiring for the night.
  • Keep your tree away from heat sources including the fireplace or heat system vents.
  • Do not block doors or traffic areas with the tree or rearranged furniture.

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How do trees pump water?

Osmosis works because of the difference of the concentration of the sap inside the roots and the water in the ground. Sap has a higher concentration of sugary nutrients, and the water moves from the lower concentration of the ground water to the higher concentration of the sap.

You can watch osmosis at work by putting a stalk of celery in some colored water. After a day, you'll see the water moving up in the celery's 'xylen vessels.'

Sunshine makes the water evaporate from leaves. The water escapes from the leaves as water vapor.

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7617 N.E. 119th Street, Vancouver, Washington 98662
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