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Top Tips on caring for your real Christmas Tree

by User Not Found | Dec 09, 2013

If you are planning to buy a real Christmas tree this year we have a number of simple tips that will help you to keep your Christmas tree to stay fresh and green over the Christmas period.

When buying your Christmas tree, make sure that it is fresh:
  •  Check branches are not brittle and that the needles are not dry and shrivelled
  •  Gently shake the tree to ensure that the needles are not dropping off
  •  The needles should also bend rather than snap

If you are not putting up your Christmas tree immediately be sure to store it in a cool,
wind-sheltered area.

A Christmas tree should be treated like a freshly cut flower. Even without roots your tree can still absorb water (via pores in its bark) so it is vital to water your tree to prevent it from drying out and dropping needles.

Just before you put up your Christmas tree saw an inch (2.5cm) off the bottom of the trunk - this will open the pores in the bark and allow your tree to absorb water more freely.

Then place your Christmas tree in a bucket of water (not soil or sand) or in a
tree stand which holds water.

Try to place it away from any direct heat source like a radiator or a fireplace.

You can also replace your conventional Christmas lights with new, much cooler LED lights - this will help to keep your tree fresh and reduce fire risks.

Check the water levels in your Christmas tree stand every day. A Christmas tree can drink up to 3 pints of water a day so it is essential to water the tree frequently. Once the water level drops below the trunk, sap will reseal pores in the tree’s bark and prevent the tree from taking up any more water.

If you are buying a pot grown Christmas tree, remember to treat and water it as any other house plant. Also remember that the pot may have drainage holes, so don’t forget to place a tray underneath.