If you're sticking with tradition and getting a real Christmas tree this year, you're in luck – Christmas tree farms around the region are opening for the season.
Don and Marianne Buttenschon from Buttenschon Christmas Tree Farm in Marcy joined us live in studio to tell us how to get the holiday tree from the farm to the house stress-free, and how to make it last all season long.
First, they say to measure your space before you head out to the farm. Have a discussion about what kind of tree you're looking for and what size you'd like it to be. Bring a measuring tape to ensure it will fit. When you measure, make sure to leave room for the star, angel, or whatever graces the top of your tree.
Getting the tree at the farm. You want to make sure your tree doesn't have any brown on the edges. Brown undergrowth is okay, but if the tree is brown around the edges, it's likely it's not going to make it through the season.
Make a fresh cut if you're buying a tree that's pre-cut.
Once the tree's home, secure it in a stand that fits the tree. Don't skimp on the tree-stand because that's what stabilizes your tree.
Make sure the tree is always watered and never goes dry. Those myths about putting an aspirin in the water or scalding hot water are just that- myths according to Don. He says start your tree with lukewarm water and water it regularly.
The best tree if you have bulky ornaments is a spruce: think Norway Spruce.
Concolor Fir trees give off that citrusy scent. A secret to making the scent even stronger? Break off a couple of branches on the inside.
When cutting the undergrowth, make sure to cut enough so you can get underneath the tree to water it without a problem. Also, that means there is more room for presents!
Something you might not know: Putting the tree in front of the window means the sun is bearing down in it all day long and could cause it to brown faster.
The same is true with wreaths. Putting a wreath between a storm door and a front door acts as a greenhouse and essentially fries the wreath.
If you're looking for a real Christmas tree this season, here are some places you can find them:
- Buttenschon Christmas Tree Farm - 9663 Luke Rd., Marcy
- Candella's Farm & Greenhouses - 9256 River Rd., Marcy
- Henderberg's Christmas Tree Farm - 6579 Henderberg Rd. South, Rome
- Shuster Christmas Tree Farm - 4535 Senn Rd., Rome
- Evergreen Acres - 2478 Mohawk St., Sauquoit
- Massoud's Tree Farm - 9716 Roberts Rd., Sauquoit
- Moose Track Acres - 1735 Holmes Rd., Boonville
- Douglas Tree Farm - 7885 Postal Rd., Oriskany
- North Star Orchards - 4741 State Rt. 233, Westmoreland
- Pasadena Plantation - 1817 Thayer Hill Rd., Boonville
- Trenton Trees - 8982 Trenton Falls-Prospect Rd., Remsen
- Litchfield Christmas Tree Farm - 590 Silver St., Ilion
- Naturewood Knoll Tree Farm - 2408 State Rt. 169, Little Falls
- Critz Farms - 3232 Rippleton Rd., Cazenovia
- Lundin's Tree Farm - 3552 State Rt. 7, Otego
- Fox Hollow Nursery - 2751 State Rt. 23, West Oneonta
- Romagnoli's Christmas Tree Farm - 8498 Oneida Valley Rd., Canastota