This year has been an excellent one for growing Christmas trees as well as other crops across Texas. With the amount of moisture and cooler weather, Texas has been blessed by God this year! Our trees at Kelumac Christmas Tree Farm have grown over two feet this year!
There are generally two different ways to buy a real tree: either you purchase a tree from a Christmas tree lot in a city or from a Christmas tree farm in a rural area, where you can cut your own or pick one out of the retail lot they have already set up.
Here are my thoughts when selecting, buying, and caring for your perfect Christmas tree. I always say the perfect tree to anyone should be pleasing in the eyes of the beholder! Shop early, and you will have a better selection of the freshest and best quality Christmas trees from the fields of Texas Christmas tree farms and in the retail tree lots near you.
Selection and care of a real Christmas tree:
- Select the space where you will display your Christmas tree. Be sure to measure the floor area and the height of the ceiling so that you can be sure the tree will fit in your desired space.
- Make sure the width of the tree will go through the door entrance of the home or building you are wanting your tree in. Keep in mind that tree lots and tree farms also have balers to reduce the width.
- Consider, “Do I want a dense tree or more open tree?” With the dense tree, your ornaments, lights, and ribbons will be on the outside surface of the tree and with the more open space tree, your lights and ornaments can be installed more into the interior of the tree.
- When the tree is heavy, that means it has a lot of water stored throughout the tree structure, which is a good thing.
- When you get it home, never let the water go below the bottom of the trunk in your tree stand. If you do, the tree will naturally form a seal, and it will not absorb any more water.
- Make sure your tree stand at home can handle the height of the tree you just purchased.
- If you are purchasing from a retail lot, make sure the tree’s trunk is sitting in water, and that they have water available to spray on top of the trees to help keep them cool and keep their needles moist. These trees also need some type of shade cover to keep the sun off them.
Kelumac Christmas Tree Farm Bed & Breakfast | Keith & Marie McDaniel | 10379 Taylor Road | Bryan, TX 77808 | Phone:979-279-3931 | www.kelumac.com