When you’re looking after a real Christmas tree:
- Choose a healthy tree to begin with, ideally not too far from Christmas.
- Consider variety. Nordmann firs tend to hold their needles for a long time.
- Saw off the bottom inch of the trunk, then keep the trunk immersed in water at all times.
- Place the tree away from heat sources.
A real Christmas tree will make the house look and smell festive — but to keep it glossy and fragrant over the Christmas period, it’ll need a bit of TLC. Fortunately, Christmas tree care is easy when you know what to do. Here’s your guide to looking after a real Christmas tree.
- Check the variety. If your priority is keeping the needles on the tree, choosing the right variety is as important as taking care of it correctly. Nordmann fir Christmas tree care and Norway spruce care are similar, but, even if you do everything right for both trees, the Nordmann fir is still more likely to keep its needles.
- Pick a healthy tree. Looking after a Christmas tree is a lot easier if you choose one that’s in good condition to begin with. Before buying a tree, give it a gentle shake to see if it rains down a worrying quantity of needles, or bend a couple of needles to make sure they’re not brittle enough to snap.
- Don’t buy too early. It can be tempting to get your tree as soon as December rolls in. If you have the patience, though, getting it a bit closer to Christmas will mean you don’t have to worry for so long about keeping it green in a warm environment. If you’re determined to get your tree early, go for a Nordmann fir, care for it diligently, and it should be able to last you until Christmas.
- Trim the trunk to help watering. Saw off the bottom inch of the trunk before standing the tree up in water.
- Keep the water topped up. For as long as the tree is in the house, try not to let the water level fall below the level of the trunk.
- Keep away from direct heat. Don’t position your tree too closely to heat sources such as radiators or active fireplaces.