Q: We want to have a real tree indoors that we can plant in the yard after the holidays. I vaguely remember there are “rules” but don’t remember and don’t want to hurt the tree. Please remind us how to best take care of a real tree! Thanks!
A: First and foremost in my teachings is having a “living” tree indoors for a very short period of time. Plan on having it inside for 5 to 7 days at the most. The reasons are simple.
First, you don’t want to have a tree that’s been outside come out of its seasonal state of dormancy. Kept inside where the temperature is quite pleasant, it would think about awakening, so to speak, and it’d more than likely suffer cold damage when it is plunked back outdoors. Brrrr! So plan accordingly. Bring it in a day or two before Christmas and then get it back outside 3 to 4 days after the holiday. These “rules” are paramount.
Next your aim is to keep the tree as cool as possible. Choose light strands that will make very little heat. The newer LED bulbs are made to not only save some energy but don’t make as much heat, so invest in the newer technology. Keep the tree as far away as possible from any heat sources. Vents from the floor or ceiling blowing directly on the tree are bad.