Christmas Tree Care
A Christmas Tree is just like a freshly cut flower – they need water and a steady environment to stay in the best condition. Use these tips to increase the longevity of your tree and have a hearty tree throughout the Christmas period…
Freshly-cut the trunk base
We can do this for your tree so you don’t have to… Just before installing your tree, saw off the bottom 1” (3cm) of the trunk. This fresh cut opens up the pores in the bark, which otherwise can block up with sap within a few hours of being cut. The tree is then able to drink water through these pores via capillary action.
Water your tree
Place your tree in plain water – not soil or sand which would block the pores in the bark. This is best achieved by using a specially designed Christmas tree stand. Many precious hours can be wasted trying to make a Christmas Tree stand up straight in an ordinary bucket. All stands are not created equal, and we strongly recommend the Cinco stands which can be used on trees up to 12ft tall.
Keep on watering it!
Keep the Christmas tree stand topped up with water. Your Christmas tree may drink 2-3 pints (1-2 litres) of water per day, depending on its size and your central heating settings. This is very important as once the water level drops below the tree’s trunk, sap will re-seal the bark within a few hours, preventing the tree from drinking any further water even if you then re-fill the Christmas tree stand. You won’t want to have to saw off the bottom inch of the trunk again! An empty bottle of wine is ideal for this task and a good way of remembering to give your tree a Christmas drink.
Steady Environment Temperature
Do not expose your tree to sudden changes in temperature. Keep your tree away from heat sources such as radiators and fireplaces. Heat dries out your tree faster, so the further away from damaging heat sources the better.