What better way is there to really bring Christmas into your home than with a fresh British grown Christmas Tree?
But how annoying is it when you get to Christmas eve and the tree is bare and all the needles are on the floor.
Well I wanted to give you a few tips on how best to look after your tree so that it stays fresh and healthy all the way through into the New Year.
- The first thing is to buy the right tree. If you want you tree to look the best you have to get the best. A British grown Nordman tree is the best one to buy if you want it to hold its needles. Fraser Firs and a Nobel Firs also hold their needles, but varieties such as Norway Spruce won’t.
- Although the variety of tree is important the absolute key to your tree holding its needles is water. Your tree can still uptake water even when its in your living room, enabling it to stay healthy and hold its needles for longer. When you buy your tree saw off the bottom inch or so to open the pores in the bark, enabling the tree to drink.
- Although, if you buy your tree from the Bell Plantation we’ll do this for you before to make life easier.
- Make sure you buy a Christmas tree stand to keep your tree upright and fill the bottom up with water to enable your tree to drink. This will need to be topped up regularly as some Christmas trees can drink up to 1-2 litres of water a day.
- Once in your house, position your tree away from major heat sources as they can dry the tree up faster.
So, there you have a few tips for keeping your tree looking fantastic all Christmas, meaning all you have to worry about is Dinner.
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.