Caring for a Florida Christmas Tree
Now that you have selected your special tree, please care for it as you would a fresh bouquet of flowers. As soon as you get it home, make a fresh straight cut across the base of the trunk to remove at least one - quarter inch of the trunk. Immediately place your tree in a water-holding stand, or if you are not ready to decorate it, place it in a bucket of water. Dont ever let the base of the tree dry out as a seal will form and a new cut will be necessary so that the tree can take up moisture.

A Christmas tree, like a bouquet of flowers, likes it cool and safe, so please dont put your tree near your fireplace, heat source, or television set. Let the tree remain outdoors or on a cool porch or patio until you are ready to decorate it.

A freshly cut tree is a safe tree and is no more flammable than a wet leaf. Keep plenty of water in the tray, using a sturdy stand that is large enough for the tree. Check the water several times each day!

Be sure that the light cords and connections you use on your tree are in good working order to insure a safe Christmas for your family.
Remember to unplug the tree lights when you go to bed or when you leave home. You should use only cool burning lights.

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