How to take care of your Christmas Tree
Caring for your cut Christmas TreeChristmas isn’t really Christmas without a tree! And, if you took the leap this year and went for a cut Christmas tree, then you may now be thinking about how to make it last!
Although these beautiful trees are hardy and long-lasting, the sad reality is cut trees can last as little as four weeks. How can we prolong their fresh and healthy look? We will discuss a few simple ways to take care of your christmas tree.
Needle in a haystackWe are spoilt for choice out there, so the first job is selecting a variety of tree that is more resistant to dropping its needles. A tree that drops its needles can cause it to lose its ‘full’ look only a couple of weeks into the season. Plus, they cause a mess! The best tree for needle retention is the Nordmann Fir, while trees such as Blue Spruce, although being much prettier, can drop their needles a bit quicker. When you are selecting your tree, it’s worth checking if the needles are firmly attached to the branches. When you check the tree over another thing to note is the colour of the base where the tree has been sawn. If it is pale, this means the tree has been freshly harvested and is likely to last longer!
Thirsty Christmas treesOnce you’ve got your tree and taken it home there’s a few things you can do to promote longevity. A good way to start is re-cutting the trunk at the bottom as this improves water absorption. You can also score the bark towards the lower half, but never peel off the bark as this will cause the tree to dry out. Next, place in a stand that can hold water. The secret to keeping your tree healthy is submerging the bottom 2 inches of the trunk in water. You may have to refill the stand regularly throughout the season.
Perfect PlacementThese are winter trees, so they prefer to be kept cool. Place the tree away from a radiator in a cooler part of the house. We also recommend choosing decorative fairy lights that are low heat.
We all want that cosy, Christmassy feeling, but keeping the temperature down wherever you can will help your tree last that little bit longer!