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Selecting a Christmas Tree
The whole family can have great fun in the process of choosing a tree. The preferred species of tree is often passed down from generation to generation. In Florida, Red Cedar, Virginia Pine, Sand Pine, Spruce Pine and Leyland Cypress are grown specifically for use as Christmas trees.

 
Leyland Cypress
When you visit a Christmas Tree Farm, feel free to breathe deeply! The trees in the plantation will be absorbing carbon dioxide laden air and sending out fresh, oxygenated air. When you visit a Choose - and - cut operation, your whole family can come to the farm, walk among the trees and find one that will fit that special spot in your home. When you decide to purchase a freshly cut Florida-grown tree, make sure that the stand you use will allow for watering the tree.

Selecting a tree
Tips on Selecting a Tree

Determine where in your home you will display your tree.
With this in mind, you will be able to tell what height tree you will need and whether all four sides of the tree must be suitable for display.

Freshness is an important key when selecting your tree.
The needles should be resilient. Take hold of a branch about six inches from the tip, between your thumb and forefinger, then pull your hand toward you allowing the branch to slip through your fingers. The needles should adhere to the branch and not fall off in your hand. The needles should be flexible, not brittle.

The tree should have a good fragrance and good green color.
A fresh tree will retain its moisture content and thereby keep its fragrance and needles, if kept in a stand that has a good water - holding capacity.

 

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