The Christmas tree, on the other hand, isn't doing so well. I've only had it a few weeks, rescued from Banquets after its duty as a holiday centerpiece ended. It looked okay before I went on vacation last week, and the boss promised to water it a few times while I was gone, but apparently he forgot. The tips of the branches were all drooping when I got back and the needles were dry and prickly instead of soft. They're not falling out, but it feels like a cactus.
Anyway, I've been watering it every day and it's not as prickly, but the branches are all still really droopy. Think Charlie Brown's tree. If I prune off the drooping tips, would the remaining branches recover and start growing again, or would pruning kill it outright?
Should I prune the Charlie Brown tree?
Yes, cut off the dead branch tips.
No, just keep watering, it'll perk back up.
Trash it, it's hopeless.