A few simple care tips will give you greater enjoyment of your real Christmas tree, keeping it fresh and fragrant throughout the festive season.
Care for your cut Christmas tree
- When you get your tree, store it in cool conditions away from the wind and sunlight.
- When storing your Christmas tree, take care to put the base of the tree in a bucket of water to prevent dehydration
- When you are ready to put your tree up you should cut 25mm - 50mm (1"- 2") from the base of the tree before putting it in a stand that has water holding facilities. By doing this you will have broken the natural seal on the base of the trunk and the tree will be able to take up as much water as it requires.
- Before bringing your tree inside hold the tree upright and bang the bottom of the tree onto the ground. This will remove any old needles, which the tree naturally sheds throughout its life.
- The tree will need to be watered every day and may drink anything between 1.125 litres - 4.5 litres (two pints to a gallon) of water a day. DO NOT allow the tree to dry out.
- Once the tree is in its stand and in the correct spot, remove the netting.
- Avoid placing the tree near a fire, radiator or warm lighting (any direct heat source) as it will dry out with the potential effect of causing needle drop or drooping branches. In some cases even watering your tree will not stop this happening.
Care for your container-grown Christmas tree
- Keep your tree outside until you are ready to decorate it.
- When you take it in, make sure that you place it away from direct heat.
- Water regularly, not allowing it to dry out.
- After Christmas, either plant the tree out in your garden or re-pot it into a larger pot.
- Remember, your tree will respond better if you feed it during the growing season.
- When taking the tree out after Christmas, do not put it straight into an exposed situation. Instead, put it into a garage or similar situation to allow it to acclimatise.