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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

Cut Trees

  • 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.