Keeping a real Christmas tree in good condition for the festive season isn’t as difficult as you may think. Here are a few straightforward do’s and don’ts that will help you have a gorgeous green tree on Christmas day.

DO’S

  • Keep the tree outside until you are ready to put it up.
    This will help keep it cool and fresh. It also helps prolong the tree’s life for as long as possible
  • Cut at least 2-3cm (or about 1 inch) off the bottom of the trunk of your tree
    Doing this before bringing it indoors allows the tree drink in the water it will need.
  • Water the tree daily.
    You want to help the tree survive, and for this it needs to drink. The amount will vary depending on the size of the tree but it will be at least a pint a day. Which brings us on to….
  • Get a stand with room for water.
    We have lots of different stands in our Christmas Shop. Pick a stand that will hold the trunk of the tree, but will also allow plenty of room for water. Don’t be tempted to buy a stand that you can only just squeeze the trunk into as this won’t help with the life of the tree.

DON’TS

  • Don’t put the tree near a hot radiator or burning fire.
    The tree is a living thing, and can soon dry out. If you have to put the tree near a radiator and can turn the heat off, please do – if not then you will need to water the tree several times a day, but you will still find the tree will dry up quicker than you would like and will not last as long.
  • Don’t move the tree once you’ve put it in place.
    Moving the tree will cause needles to drop! Trust us when we say that having needles stuck in your hair never looks good and you’ll be finding them for days.
  • Don’t expect the tree to last forever.
    We always ensure our trees are the freshest they can be but they will still dry out and drop needles. The position of the tree, the room it is in, heat and amount of watering all have an effect on how long the tree will look it’s best.

The biggest thing to do with your Real Christmas Tree is ENJOY IT! There really is nothing that can beat the sight, smell, and WOW factor of a real tree.

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