Selecting Your Mississippi-Grown
Choose the best Christmas tree for the holidays!
Before you choose a tree…
- Keep in mind where you want to place it.
- Make sure the tree will not be too close to heat sources.
- Measure the area where the tree will go, so you don’t come home with a tree that is too tall or too wide for your house.
- Researching types of Christmas trees is helpful. Some trees are prized for their ability to hold on to their needles. Other trees may be favorable if allergies are a problem.
When you go to the tree farm…
- Go early before the best-looking and freshest ones are sold.
- Make sure you talk to the tree retailer about how pricing is established. You don’t want to find the perfect tree and be surprised by the price!
- Look for trees growing in shaded areas. These trees are less likely to be dried out.
- Choose a fresh tree. A fresh tree will have a healthy, green color. If needles are not flexible and fall off when you touch the branches, the tree is not fresh. A small number of brown needles falling off is acceptable, but green needles should not drop.
- Look at the bottom of the tree trunk. Find a tree with a straight bottom so the trunk will easily fit in a stand.
- Keep in mind what angle your tree will be seen from. If it is going to be against a wall, it may be acceptable if one side isn’t as full as the others. If the tree will be displayed with all sides showing, you want to find a tree that looks the same all around. Remember, the more perfect a tree is, the more expensive it will be.
- On the way home from the farm or retailer, make sure to wrap the tree in plastic or a tarp to keep it from drying out.
Source: University of Illinois Extension, http://extension.illinois.edu/trees/index.cfm.