Christmas Tree Care Guide
Provided care is taken in looking after the tree the tree should survive over 4 weeks. It is suggested that trees should not be purchased earlier than 1st December.
Container grown trees
These are trees that have been grown for at least one season in their pots.
It is often possible to lift the whole root system out of the pot and see the closely woven root which has grown in the pot.
The trees themselves should look fresh.
The trees will be small and seldom more than three foot.
The trees should be watered and cared for as for any house plant.
After Christmas they can either be planted out with a very good chance of success or they can be left to grow on in their pot, but it is much better in this case to re-pot the tree in a larger pot.
It is seldom possible to re-pot trees in this way for more than one season
It is essential that cut trees should be fresh when purchased. The needles should not be dull and dried up.
The branches should not be brittle.
The outer needles should not fall off if the tree is gently shaken.
After you have bought your tree it should be kept outside in a cool shaded place, preferably standing in water, until it is required indoors.
Before bringing the tree indoors it is an advantage if about half an inch is cut off the butt in order to open up the pores of the tree.
Mount it in a water-holding stand or wedge it in a bucket with pebbles, small stones or screwed up newspaper, and place it away from direct heat.
Keep the container topped up with water every day; you will be surprised how much it needs.