Cut Christmas Trees Before bringing into the house- Make a fresh cut on the end of the trunk, an inch or more. Soak your tree in a 5 gallon bucket or other container with fresh water for a up to 24 hours or more, remember to add water as needed. This will allow the tree to be fully hydrated and last longer! After soaking, bring inside and place & adjust tree in your stand. Fill your water reservoir, check it daily. Don’t let allow trees to dry out. Decorate and enjoy! If you keep your tree in a cooler room, well hydrating and pre-soak, then it will last for several weeks with less needle drop.