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Holly Acres Nursery and Garden Center (303)-646-8868
5403 Hwy 86, Elizabeth, Colorado 80107
Located on Hwy 86 Just East of the wonderful town of Elizabeth



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  • After selecting your tree at Holly Acres Nursery, we will give you the trees first cut. If the tree is not to be put up right away,  place the tree in a bucket of water and store it in a protected, shady, and unheated or coolest area, such as a garage. Then when the tree is ready to be set up, saw another slice off the butt end to insure water absorption. 
  • When your ready and have a new cut on your Christmas tree, place the cut end into a tree stand on its side.                                              
  • As you set up your tree, hold it in the middle with the wrapper still on, and place it in the tree stand. Adjust the tree stand screws or wires so that the tree is square and secure in the stand. When this is done, lift the bundled tree in the container upright, adjust for vertical alignment if necessary. Then add plain tap water water quickly inside the stand, for longer needle retention we highly recommend using a tree preservative which you will find at Holly Acres when you purchase your tree be sure to add the preservative we have supplied you with according to package directions.                                         
  • Try to use a sturdy stand (see our line of Christmas tree stands) with a large water reservoir so the tree won't dry out. The reservoir should hold at least 1/2 gallon of water - a 1 gallon or more capacity is even better.  If the tree is freshly unbailed from shipping, allow the tree branches to unfold naturally, do not force them. Let the tree unfold at its own pace for 2 to 3 hours, then you can help the branches open by gently grasping the branch at a point toward the center of the branch and gently apply downward pressure until the branch is open. Repeat this procedure in a circular fashion around the tree from top to bottom. The tree will be completely unfolded within 24 hours.
  • A fresh Christmas tree will absorb as much as a gallon of water or more in the first 24 hours after the new cut is made, and one or more quarts a day thereafter depending upon the temperature in the room and the number of lights and ornaments on the tree. Water is important because it prevents the needles from drying and dropping off, the boughs from drooping and it keeps the tree fragrant.                                                     
  • Check the water level in the reservoir and add water daily. A tree is beginning to dry out if its water use slows or stops. A seal of dried sap will form over the butt end of the tree in four to six hours if the water drops below the base of the tree, preventing the tree from absorbing water later when the tree stand is refilled. When this happens, another fresh cut should be made, however, this is usually impractical once the tree is decorated. So, keep the tree watered.                                                         
  • Keep the tree away from heat and draft sources such as fireplaces, TV's, radiators, and air ducts. And, of course, never have open flames on or near a Christmas tree. Southern facing windows are also not ideal, however if its the window you prefer just keep it away from heating ducts.                                                                                                                            
  • Before hanging lights, test your light cords and connections and inspect the string of lights for cracked areas and broken or empty sockets and repair or replace as needed. Also, be sure to unplug the lights before you go to bed or leave the house and never overload electrical circuits. And remember...a well watered Christmas tree is not a fire hazard.