If you like to buy a real tree each year, we know how frustrating it is when the needles drop early on in December. We’ve got these top tips for you to keep your tree looking its absolute best throughout the festive season!
- Buy a fresh, quality tree from a reputable seller
It is important to shop with quality in mind if you want to make a Christmas centrepiece that lasts more than a few weeks in your home. Make sure you check the needles are flexible and green. When needles snap when bent, a tree is half-dead and won’t last long.
You can also tap the cut end of a tree on the ground to check its health; a few needles should fall off, but if many do, it’s time to move on!
- Trim the trunk
To ensure the tree stays fresh and green throughout your festivities, cut off half an inch of the trunk once you get home, This will rid the tree of any hardened sap and allow it to absorb lots of water. Ask your friendly Christmas tree seller if you don’t have the tools to do it yourself!
- Water, water, water!
For your Christmas tree to survive throughout the festive season, make sure you choose a sturdy stand that can hold a lot of water. Your Christmas tree needs to be kept in water at all times, which is why it’s important to choose a base with a well that you can reach. The trunk should be nicely submerged for happy and healthy needles, so check the tree’s water supply daily. You’ll be surprised at how thirsty they can be, consuming up to three pints a day.
- Ignore the ‘hacks’
Whether it is Coca-Cola, corn syrup, or special tree food that you are sent home with, don’t fall for it! Your tree can only survive with fresh water, that’s all it needs.
- Get the temperature right
At this time of year, your tree’s natural habitat is outside in the cold air. If you relocate your tree, keep it away from the radiator as much as possible to minimise the shock. It’s vital to keep your tree away from direct heat if you plan to set it up very early this year, as constant heat or fluctuating temperatures can dry it out quickly.