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Selecting the perfect Christmas tree this season

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It's prime time for Christmas tree shopping, and plenty of people are making their way to local Christmas tree farms. YNN's Carmella Mataloni has more on how you can find the perfect tree.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- There is still plenty of time to find your perfect Christmas tree if you haven't picked one yet.

There are several tree varieties to choose from, including Scotch Pine, White Spruce, Blue Spruce, Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir, and Frasier Fir. Farmers at Coles Turnpike Tree Farms say the fir varieties are often the most popular because they don't produce a lot of needles. If you care for them properly, they can last a long time.

Scotch Pine and White Spruce trees often have a difficult time being sold because those varieties have don't hold a needle well, and don't last as long.

According to tree farmers, watering your tree is crucial to making it last longer.

"Once it gets home, keep water so that the bottom never gets dry, because once it does, the pitch will seal over and it will stop taking water. They have different concotions people put in, but the main ingredient is water," said Gary Coles, owner of Coles Turnpike Tree Farm. "I don't care what else you do, but just use just plain water because that is what the tree is used to."

If you're buying a tree that has already been cut, it might be a good idea to take about a half inch off the trunk before you stick it in the water.

Insider tree shopping tips from the owner of Baxter's Tree Farm in Afton:

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