Christmas Tree Care Guide

November 28th, 2023
care and advice

Looking After Your Tree

Looking to purchase a real Christmas tree this year? We’ve got you covered with some pro care advice to keep those pine needles looking and smelling fresh for an extended period. This will ensure that you get the most out of your spruce or fir, particularly if you’re planning to decorate early this Christmas season.

Cut Trees

Setting Up Your Christmas Tree:

Prepare the Base:
Trim the trunk about 1-2 inches above the original cut to help the tree absorb water. This is necessary, as when trees are cut, sap oozes out of the cut area. This sap hardens, creating a water-resistant seal within about 5 hours of the tree being cut, and not put directly into water. This seal prevents the tree from absorbing much water and could shorten your tree’s lifespan.

Once you’ve cut a bit off your tree, next mount your tree in a water-holding stand filled with water.

Hydrate Immediately:
Place the tree in water within 2-3 hours of making the cut to ensure optimal water absorption.

Watering Routine:

Initial Soak:
After setting up, give your tree a good initial watering.
Regular Check-ins:
Check the water level daily and maintain a constant level in the tree stand.
Fresh trees can drink almost 4 litres of water or more in the first 24 hours, and they may consume 1-2 quarts per day thereafter.

Use the Right Water:
Use plain water; additives like sugar, aspirin, or commercial preservatives are unnecessary.

Placement Tips:

Avoid Heat Sources:
Keep the tree away from heat sources such as radiators, fireplaces, and heating vents to prevent drying.

Optimal Room Temperature:
Maintain a comfortable room temperature to slow down needle drying.

Lighting Your Tree:

LED Lights:
Use LED lights, which emit less heat and reduce the risk of drying out the tree.

Regular Inspection:
Check the lights periodically to ensure they are in good working order and not generating excess heat.

Potted Trees

Setting Up Your Potted Christmas Tree:

Provide Proper Drainage:
Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.
Place a saucer beneath the pot to catch excess water.

Avoid Overhandling:
Minimise handling to reduce stress on the tree.
Place the potted tree in a cool, shaded area for a day before bringing it indoors.

Watering Routine:

Moisture Management:
Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
Check the soil regularly and water when the top inch feels dry.

Use Room Temperature Water:
Use room temperature water to avoid shocking the tree.

Placement Tips:

Avoid Heat Sources:
Keep the potted tree away from direct heat sources such as radiators and fireplaces.

Maintain Indoor Conditions:
Aim for a room temperature that is comfortable for both you and the tree.

After the Festive Season:

Transitioning Outdoors:
If you plan to plant the tree outdoors after the holidays, gradually acclimate it to outdoor conditions before transplanting.

Proper Planting:
Choose a suitable location in your garden with well-draining soil.
Water the tree thoroughly after planting and mulch to conserve moisture.