From the comments we are receiving this year’s crop of Christmas tree are the best we have ever had, all great shapes and very consistent in quality, thank you. Compared to the competition they are also very competitively priced! Sheena and I had a trip up to Scotland several years ago to see the Christmas tree crop growing in the field (on the mountain).

Producing a remarkable tree takes a lot of effort. Sheena and I were amazed at the skill and input required. The first Christmas tree plantation was established in 1901,but most consumers found their trees in local forests until the 1930’s. At that time is was seen as viable only on poor ground. Once the tree has been in the ground 2 or 3 years it will get pruned annually, weeds around the base will be removed so that they do not compete with the tree for light and nutrients. The plantations are fenced to prevent deer eating the young green shoots on the trees. The correct balance of fertiliser is critical so as to get the tree growing at the right speed and width. The National Christmas Tree Association suggest that every acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen to support 18 people per day. There are 500,000 acres of Christmas trees in the USA, the Christmas trees therefore produce enough oxygen for 9 million people per day!

While cycling around in Vietnam 12 years ago I can’t forget seeing giant Poinsettia growing wild along the roadside like weeds and at the edge of the forest canopy. It’s great to have a bit of Vietnam in all our homes over the Christmas period! Who needs a foreign holiday. Our plant produces have now developed hybrids with many different fabulous leaf colours to choose from. Has anybody managed to keep their Poinsettia from last year? They can be a bit tricky can’t they? They need to be warm but not near direct heat, not in direct cold draughts or sunlight, they need to be watered sparingly, probably from the bottom, easy!

We have got loads of wonderful goodies for you to fill up your Christmas sacks! Stockings!

We will help all Christmas tree choosers, including people who like to take a long time!

We will cut the bottom off the tree for you, net the tree and carry it to your car. I am afraid we won’t wash your car while you chose your tree. We probably will do that for you in the Spring, watch this space.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Ashley Warren

Ashley Warren has lived and loved horticulture and agriculture all his life; he had his first greenhouse at the age of 10 and his first cow when he was 16. He started landscaping in 1984 mainly in Milton Keynes and then all over the country. He moved to Daventry Road Farmhouse in 1987 and has developed Bell Plantation Garden Centre in Towcester, Northants over the last 30 years.

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