How long do real christmas trees last
How to keep your Christmas tree, fresher, for longer this Christmas
There's nothing better than the sweet fragrance of a freshly cut Christmas tree in your home. The problem many home owners are face, is their Christmas tree drying out, leading to it dropping its needles well before Christmas day has even come around, leaving you with a very poor looking Christmas Tree on Christmas Day.
This however does not need to be the case if you follow a few simple steps, including choosing the right type of Christmas tree, and more importantly the correct type of Christmas tree stand, this will be a thing of the past.
Our extensive guide goes through everything you need to do to ensure you have a fresh looking Christmas tree, right the way through the festive season. This includes our 'Top 3' best tested Christmas tree stands which are essential, for keeping your tree fresher.
Think about purchasing a live Christmas tree with roots
Pot grown and potted Christmas trees, are trees that still have roots and are ideal for someone who wants to have a Christmas tree indoors for the Christmas holiday and then either plant it into a large pot or plant it some where in the garden after Christmas. If you keep the tree in a pot you can then use it for many years until it out grows the pot or grows too big to fit in the house.
The one issue with potted and pot grown Christmas trees is they are usually no bigger than 5ft (150cm) tall. You can help make them look bigger by placing them on a table to give the appearance of a larger tree if this works for you.
How to keep a freshly cut Christmas tree fresher for longer
Unless your lucky enough to get your Christmas tree from a local Christmas tree farm where you can choose your own tree and have it cut there and then most Christmas trees are really not as freshly cut as you may think.
Most Christmas trees are cut 3-6 weeks before Christmas, how do you think they cut and transport millions of trees within a few days. However cut Christmas trees will look fresh for months if stored outside in cold conditions.
Which type of Christmas Tree is better
Generally the more you pay for a Christmas tree the better it is. In the UK Spruce are very popular and very cheap types of trees compared to other. These are easily identified as they have a conical very good Christmas tree shape and very sharp needles to the touch and are dark green in colour.
If you want a tree you keep outside in the garden then these make fantastic Christmas trees and will last months even without water. However if you have them indoors and follow every trick in the book to keep it from losing its needles they nearly all ways still do
The only time it would be advised to have a Spruce indoors is if your very traditional and only have your tree up for a few days at Christmas.
Which type of Christmas tree is best for inside the home
There are a few types of Christmas trees that have proven great for inside the home if cared for correctly. These include:
- Nordman Fir – Dark green foliage, good conical shape and tend to be wide at the bottom of the tree.
- Fraser Fir – Blue/green foliage with a slimmer build ideal for narrow spaces.
- Scotts Pine – Green long needles, generally wide and slightly cheaper but good trees for indoors.
- Lodgepole pine – Long needles with lots of space between each row of branches.
Storing your Christmas Tree
This part is important because if you dry the tree out before its even up you have drastically reduced the life before its even been decorated.
Ideally you should store your tree outside until your going to put the tree up, never store under cover or leave somewhere were it is exposed to wind as this will dry the tree out.
Only put the Christmas tree inside a garage or shed or similar to dry it out if it is wet a few hours before you plan to put the tree up.
Preparation before putting up your tree
Use a stand that holds water such as one of the three stands recommended below as this is import as it allows the tree to take up water in the same way cut flowers do.
Think about the location of the tree, all though you may not want the room to be cool try to keep the room not too warm as this will dry the tree out.
Do not put the tree next to fire places or radiators (maybe turning the radiator off if possible). This is the worst position for a tree.
Think about where the plug sockets are for the lights.
Our Top 3 Recommended Christmas Trees Stands
|Stand||Disc||Reviews on Amazon|
|Cinco Stand||Ideal for trees up to 8ft. Hold 3.75 litres or more, of water with intergrated spill guard. Inner spike and plastic bolts clamp holds tree securely||Compare Prices on Amazon.co.uk|
|Krinner Vario||Ideal for trees up to 8ft and has a water capacity 3 litres to keep your tree fresh.|
Unque foot ratchet clamp means, its up in minutes and hassle free.
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|15'' Classic Wooden Stand||Handmade in the UK, ideal for both real and artificial trees up to 6ft tall. Large 5" water reservoir and sliding tree support with spike to hold tree firmly in place. Available in red and green.||Compare Prices on Amazon.co.uk|
We have reviewed the ‘Krinner Christmas Tree stand’ in depth which you can view here
The most important step in making your tree last longer
Make sure the stand is in position and filled with water. Next you need to re-cut the tree.
When Christmas trees are cut the vascular system becomes blocked which stops the tree from taking up water.
Keep the stand filled with water
Keeping the stand filled with water is equally as important, do not allow the tree to go without water. Christmas trees take up lots of water and the stand probably needs filling daily. If the stand runs out of water and is left for too long the tree vascular system will become blocked and it will not take up water again.
Summary on how to keep your Christmas Tree fresh
- Choose a low needle drop type such as Nordman Fir or Scotts Pine
- Place in cool room and avoid putting next to radiators or fires
- Cut 4-6 cm off the bottom of the tree just before placing in the stand
- Keep the stand filled with wate
- If you follow these steps you should be able to keep your tree fresh for the whole of the Christmas period even if you put your Christmas tree up 4 weeks before Christmas.