Grown Here at Home: How to care for your Christmas tree

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) John Hamill, owner of the Hamill Christmas Tree Farm in Roanoke, stays pretty busy this time of year.

“I sold my first tree I think this year November 11 or 12,” said John.

Whatever you fancy, he has lots of trees to choose from.

“We have White Pine, Scots Pine, Canaan Fir, and Norway Spruce,” he said.

For some, picking the right tree isn't just about looks.

“White pine and scots pine tend to be worse for allergy sufferers,” John explained.

Firs are the most popular trees.

“They're really good with holding the needles. They have strong branches and they have a good aroma,” John said.

So, you've found the tree that's right for you. Now you've got to take care of it. Here's how you do it.

“If you get a pre-cut tree you need to make a fresh cut on the bottom so that it absorbs water. After a tree is cut, sap comes down and covers the cut and keeps water from coming up. So if you do get a pre-cut make another cut and then you need to get your tree into water within an hour or so before the sap comes down. And then make sure the water never gets below the cut. So, the first day or two it will take up a lot of water, and you need to be careful those first several days to make sure the tree's properly watered,” explained John.

John says you'll also want to make sure you keep your tree away from heat sources. But, if you keep up the good work in caring for your tree, it could last far beyond the Christmas season.

“I kept a tree up until February,” he said.