WITH advent in full swing it won’t be long until festive trees begin popping up in the windows of houses across the country.
However, many of those firs may be looking a little worse for wear come Christmas Day as they suffer from needle drop and, heaven forbid, browning.
Luckily for you, Christmas tree experts at Pines and Needles have revealed how to get the very most out of your tree all the way through to Twelfth Night.
First and foremost Veronika Kusak, Director at Pines and Needles, says that timing is everything when it comes to having a real tree.
“If you’re buying a real Christmas tree, and want it to last till the New Year, you really shouldn’t put it up before 1st of December,” she explains.
“Otherwise you’ll be left with a less-than-fresh tree before the big day. it’s important to remember that they are living things, and once they are brought inside, the clock is ticking.”
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Here Veronika reveals how to make your tree look it’s best until 2023.
Trim the trunk
Before you put your tree up, saw off the bottom 1” (3cm) of the trunk. This creates a fresh cut and opens up the pores in the bark, which otherwise can block up with sap after a few hours of being cut.
The tree is then able to drink water through these pores via capillary action. Pines and Needles do this to all their trees so you don’t have to.
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Water your tree
You have to think of your tree like cut flowers as that is essentially what it is. You always keep your flowers topped up with water so you need to do the same with your Christmas 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 reservoir Christmas tree stand.
Then 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, preventing the tree from drinking any further water even if you then re-fill the Christmas tree stand.
Keep the tree away from heat sources (and air conditioning!)
Of course there’s nothing lovelier than a beautifully decorated Christmas tree beside a glorious, roaring fireplace – but along with candles, radiators and frayed Christmas lights, a regularly used fireplace could contribute to your tree drying out at a much quicker rate, so try to keep your tree as far away from heat.
Air conditioning, which dries the air, is also not a friend to your tree.
Trees are like people – they need routine
Do not expose your tree to sudden changes in temperature. Trees, like most people, are creatures of habit and prefer steady conditions and gradual changes.
Timing is everything
Christmas trees are natural living things, time the arrival of your tree with this in mind to increase longevity and get the best out of it.
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