There may be some good imitators, but where Christmas trees are concerned, there's nothing like the real thing. So if an artificial (plastic) tree doesn't do it for you and the look and scent of a fresh Fir is too much to resist, we have some advice from tree experts, Pines & Needles on how to keep your spruce looking sprightly 'til 12th night.
Ask whoever you buy your tree from to saw off the bottom 3cm of the trunk. This creates a fresh cut and 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. (Pines ands Needles do this to their trees so you don’t have to).
Position your Christmas tree away from any heat sources such as radiators and fireplaces. Heat dries out your tree faster, so the further from potentially damaging heat sources the better, and the fresher your tree will remain.
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GIVE IT A DRINK
Place your tree in shallow water - not soil or sand which would block the pores in the bark. This is best achieved by using a specially designedChristmas tree stand. Precious hours can be wasted trying to make a Christmas tree stand up straight in an ordinary bucket using just bricks or stones, when they can be easily fixed into a stand.
TOP IT UP
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, so top it up when you water your other plants.
This is 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.
Follow these steps and your fir will stay fresh until the end of the holidays.
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