How to Care for Your Christmas Tree
Real Christmas Tree Care
The Forestry Commission has recently conducted research and discovered that it is possible to encourage real, cut Christmas trees to drink water, thus helping to prevent dehydration and needle loss.
Treat real Christmas trees as you would freshly cut flowers. They need water every day and should be kept away from direct sources of heat, such as radiators and fires. Follow these simple rules and you should keep your tree looking vibrant well into the New Year!
Hints & Tips for Real Christmas Trees
- If you are not putting up your Christmas tree immediately, store it in a cool sheltered area and, if possible, prop it in water.
- Just before you put up your tree (within a couple of hours), saw an inch off the bottom of the trunk. This will re-open the pores in the bark to allow water to be absorbed via capillary action.
- Stand the tree in water (not soil or sand) in a bucket or water-holding Christmas tree stand.
- Avoid placing your tree and water stand near any direct sources of heat.
- Important: keep your Christmas tree topped up every day! Some Christmas trees can drink up to two pints of water a day. If the water drops too low, sap will seal the pores in the bark and very little water, if any, will be absorbed by the tree.