Is it better to buy a real or artificial Christmas tree?
We do not recommend artificial trees because, although they can be reused, they are derived from non-renewable, petroleum-based plastics.
If you prefer a live Christmas tree, consider buying a small one that you can keep for several years, transferring it to a larger pot when necessary. Norfolk Island, Aleppo, Japanese Black, Italian Stone or Canary Island Pine will all live in a city, but Monterey pines are not a good choice. Keep your tree outside in a shady spot for a week before bringing it inside. Position it near a window for sunlight but away from heat sources. Water once a week but check soil every few days in case it needs more water. Do not plan on keeping your tree inside for more than four weeks.
Christmas tree farms exist for the purpose of growing trees for cutting. This four to six year crop cycle provides wildlife habitat, filters pollutants and generates oxygen. When choosing a tree, grab a branch with your thumb and index finger and slide down the branch. Few needles should come off in your hand. Make a fresh cut off the bottom of the trunk and then place the tree immediately in water. Choose a tree stand that holds a gallon of water – which it will soak up within the first 24 hours. Place away from heat sources such as heaters, radiators and televisions.