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CHRISTMAS TREE CARE How to Keep your Christmas tree fresh and prevent needle loss.
Even without roots, your christmas tree continues to drink water via pores in its bark and therefore stays fresh despite the effects of central heating. The Christmas tree takes up water by capillary action in the same way as a cut flower. Just like a cut flower, it is absolutely essential that you put your tree in plain water (not a soil or sand mix) and keep that water topped up throughout the Christmas period.
Care of the Christmas tree A Christmas tree should be treated like any cut flower or plant being brought into a warm, dry atmosphere.
Cut Christmas trees It is essential that cut trees should be fresh when purchased. The needles should not be dull and dried up. The branches should not be brittle. The outer needles should not fall off if the tree is gently shaken.
If you are not errecting your Christmas tree immediately, store your tree in a cool, wind-sheltered spot, standing in a bucket of water. (Make sure the bucket has not previously held chemical.)
Just before (up to 3 hours) you put up your Christmas tree, saw off the bottom one inch (3cm off) of the trunk. This will open up the pores in the bark to allow water to be taken up bt the tree via capillary action.
As soon as possible after this, stand the Christmas tree in plain water, not soil or sand, in a bucket or a water holding stand.
Try to place your Christmas tree in a water-holding stand away from any direct heat. (We have a huge range of stands available and will not only advise which types are suitable for the style and size of your purchase, but also advise you how to care properly for your trees.)
Keep the Christmas tree stand topped up with water every day. Christmas trees may drink 2-3 pints of water a day. It is essential to keep doing this as once the water drops below the trunk, sap will reseal pores in the tree's bark and prevent the tree from taking up any more water.
Pot grown Christmas trees The trees will be small and seldom more than 1.20m (four to five foot). These Christmas trees should be watered and cared for as for any house plant but do remember to place a tray under the pot to protect your carpet - the pot like any plant pot has holes in it.
Better still, for best results, place the potted tree into a bucket of water and keep the water level half way up the bucket. Decorate the outer bucket for Christmas. After Christmas move to a cool room for a few weeks and then perhaps to a shed or outhouse for a while to allow it to acclimatise before putting outside. It will need watering throughout the year especially in the warm weather.