How to Revive a Dying Christmas Tree

Reviving a Christmas tree is as simple as giving it more water. The more water you give to the tree, the longer it will last, just like cut flowers. It is important to ensure that the tree has enough water and is protected from extreme heat to prevent the needles from drying out. Do not use chemicals or sprays to try and revive the tree -- these do nothing to improve the water retention of the tree and might actually prevent the tree from getting as much water as it needs.

Things You'll Need

  • Tree stand with water reservoir
  • Watering can
  • Saw
Keep your Christmas tree green with plenty of water.
Keep your Christmas tree green with plenty of water.

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Step 1

Plan to place your tree away from heater vents or fireplaces. This can cause the tree to dry out unnecessarily fast. If your tree is placed near these objects, then move it to a better location. An area that is away from direct sunlight also is best.

Man carrying Christmas tree into house
Man carrying Christmas tree into house (Image: Dylan Ellis/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 2

Saw 1 inch of wood off of the bottom of the trunk. You can do this again if the tree has already started to wilt or dry out. Simply remove the trunk from the stand and saw off the bottom inch. Saw the stump flat for best results. Discard the cut piece.

Christmas tree saw
Christmas tree saw (Image: James Pauls/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 3

Place the tree in the tree stand. Fill the stand up with as much water as it can hold, or at least 1 gallon of water. The tree should initially have a supply of 1 qt. of water per inch of thickness of trunk.

Christmas tree stand
Christmas tree stand (Image: Photick/Eric Audras/Photick/Getty Images)

Step 4

Check the water level under the tree every day. You should refill the stand whenever the water level drops below the trunk level. A tree should receive about 1 quart of new water per day, although the tree might take in more water initially.

Close up of watering can
Close up of watering can (Image: sweetsake/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 5

Use only low-heat decorations on the tree, such as mini-light bulbs. If the tree already is dry, you might want to skip placing any lights on the tree at all, or only turning them on during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Mini-light bulb on Christmas tree
Mini-light bulb on Christmas tree (Image: Brian McEntire/iStock/Getty Images)


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