A few answers to some questions we've received in past years.

"My tree isn't drinking that much water the first couple days after I brought it home.  Is this ok?" 

Yes. Our trees are freshly-cut and therefore are already full of water.  A typical pre-cut tree at other tree places may have been cut 3 or 4 (or more) weeks ago and has been drying since that time.  As our trees are generally no more than a week or 2 old, they aren't as thirsty.  However, keep their stand full of water.

"What does it mean when the tree I cut down or the large pre-cut tree I purchased drops a bunch of dead needles in the middle after I bring it in my home?" 

ALL TREES DROP SOME NEEDLES.  It's a natural part of a real tree.  As a tree grows, needles on the inside of the tree are no longer are exposed to light... these needles turn brown and eventually fall off.  This becomes most evident in larger trees, ie, those ~8' and up, and particularly near the base (bottom) of the tree where the branches are widest (and therefore blocks the light to the needles near the trunk).  Just about every tree that size will have needles that have fallen over time as part of the normal growing process of the tree.  These inside needles get stuck on the branches and can collect over the lifetime of the tree. Needles like this inside the tree do not indicate any sort of issue with the tree. A good shake will typically remove these needles leaving a healthy Christmas tree.  Often our trees are cut while it is raining and thus those needles that are stuck don't fall off until the tree is inside a warm and dry home and the tree branches dry a bit.  This may result in a number of needles falling in the first 24 to 48 hours near the trunk of the tree, this is not indicative of a problem with the tree.

"We kept our tree in the garage (or on the porch) for a week after bringing it home.  Should we give it a fresh cut on the trunk?"

Yes.  It takes between 1 and 2 weeks for a tree to naturally seal up and stop drinking, EVEN IF it is in a stand full of water.  But if a tree is outside of water, it only takes a few hours before it is no longer able to pull water. So a fresh cut (just 1/2" is enough) is needed.

"Uh oh, I forgot to put my tree in water last night, what should I do?"  (or... "My husband FORGOT to water the tree after we put it up in our stand.  What should I tell him to do to fix this?")

A tree's ability to drink water will be severely limited if it is out of water for more than 8 hours or so.  The 1 or 2 hours after leaving our Farm will not make a difference, but we always suggest putting the tree in a bucket of hot water (only needs to be 3" deep) right when you get home, this keeps the capillaries in the sapwood (where the tree 'drinks') open as much as possible.)  And a fresh cut right before it goes in the stand is always the best bet, if you are able. 

"Do all trees lose needles?"

Yes.  Trees are like any other plant... eventually their 'leaves' (needles) will fall off.  So at some point, every tree will lose needles.  Concolors lose the least needles, by a wide margin.  Fraser firs are second-best, while Balsams seem to their needles a bit sooner.  Our spruces (blue, white) seem to do well with needle retention, whereas Norway Spruces lose needles earlier.   Needle retention is a direct function of correct watering and the conditions in the room the tree is stored in.