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Posted on December 22nd, 2014 in Christmas Trees | No Comments »

Daniel CassensIt was thought that the Christmas trees this season wouldn’t look as luscious and green as they usually do because of the drought in 2012. Yet with the rain and cooler weather, the strongest trees prevailed and grew beautifully. There are different trees that one could put up in their home, but the best are fir trees and Scotch pine because they last the longest.

Dan Cassens, Professor of Wood Products, owns a tree farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. He offers a few tips to people who will be using a real Christmas tree in their home.

  • Size of the room, size of the tree: Cassens said that buying a tree that is too tall for a room can be wasteful because you will end up trimming the tree to make it fit, thereby spending more on the tree than what was necessary.
  • Selecting a species: Once the right size of the tree has been determined, decide which species you want.
  • Straightness of tree trunk: Fir trees are typically a straight-growing tree. Scotch pines tend to have some crooks in them.
  • Freshness of tree: Insects or mechanical problems can cause yellowness. If a tree has any yellow spots, it is best to avoid them unless they are in a place that could be cut out.
  • Base of tree: It is best to have a clean 6-8 inches to put into the handle of the tree stand. This will prevent having to cut any limbs that would leave bare spots in the base of the tree.

View the full article at the Purdue Ag News page.

Resources
Christmas Tree Posts, Got Nature?
National Christmas Tree Association
Tips for First-Time Buyers of Real Christmas Trees, The Education Store

​Dan Cassens, Professor of Wood Products
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

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