Christmas Tree Care Guide
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.
Prepare the Base:
Trim the trunk about 1-2 inches above the original cut to help the tree absorb water.
Use a tree stand with a water reservoir
Place the tree in water within 2-3 hours of making the cut to ensure optimal water absorption.
After setting up, give your tree a good initial watering.
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.
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.
Use LED lights, which emit less heat and reduce the risk of drying out the tree.
Check the lights periodically to ensure they are in good working order and not generating excess heat.
Provide Proper Drainage:
Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.
Place a saucer beneath the pot to catch excess water.
Minimise handling to reduce stress on the tree.
Place the potted tree in a cool, shaded area for a day before bringing it indoors.
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.
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.
If you plan to plant the tree outdoors after the holidays, gradually acclimate it to outdoor conditions before transplanting.
Choose a suitable location in your garden with well-draining soil.
Water the tree thoroughly after planting and mulch to conserve moisture.