Caring for Your Tree

Top Tips on caring for your Christmas Tree

- Keep your Christmas tree outside in a sheltered spot and submerged in a bucket of water until you are ready to put it up. This will help it to last a little longer.

- Ensure the base of the tree has been freshly cut so it can absorb water easily. If it hasn’t been recently cut simply score the bottom of the trunk with a sharp knife. When trees are cut, pitch oozes out and seals the pores. By sawing off the base, you will open up the pores, and the tree will be able to absorb water.

- Mount your tree within eight hours of cutting the base which is how long a fresh tree can go without water before absorption is jeopardised. A Christmas tree should never be mounted dry. It is much better to place it in a container of water that is replenished on a regular basis.

- Your Christmas tree is a plant and needs to be treated as such. Heat will cause dehydration of your tree so position the tree away from a direct source of heat i.e. a radiator and leave room to water it regularly. The lower the temperature, the better the tree will do.

- Large trees require a pint of water a day so make sure you keep your tree hydrated – either fill your stand with water and replenish as required or keep a large bowl of water near your tree. Make sure the water level does not fall below the base of the tree.

- Water-based stands are widely available and inexpensive - we sell them at the farm. We highly recommend a water-based stand to preserve the life of the tree. Your tree will absorb a good amount of water in the first 48 hours - make sure you keep the water topped up throughout the festive season.

- Don’t forget to unplug tree lights before watering the tree, before going to bed and whenever the tree is unattended.