Caring for your
Cut Christmas Tree
Whatever tree and size you choose, it is very
important to follow our Cut tree care guide.
Our top-quality fresh cut trees are farmed here in the uk, supporting our agricultural sector.
We offer the top-selling Nordmann fir in a range of sizes from 4ft to 10ft. This is the most popular type of Christmas tree, due to its needle holding capacity.
We also offer the more traditional Norway spruce, as customers love the scent from the needles, but it does not hold up as well as the Nordmann.
Cut Tree Care Guide
Saw an inch or two off the bottom of the trunk before setting it in water. When trees are cut, pitch oozes out and seals the pores. By sawing off the base, you will open the pores, and the tree will be able to absorb water. A straight cut if fine; there is no need to cut at an angle. You can certainly cut even more off the bottom if you need to fit the tree in your home. Some people drill a hole at the base of the tree, but this does not improve water uptake.
If you do not intend to bring your tree indoors straight away, store the tree in a bucket of water in a cool place, protected from cold winds.
Avoid whittling the sides of the tree trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are required for the efficient uptake of water.
One of the biggest problems is that once people put their tree into water, they do not check it until the next day. A tree will drink 65% of its water in the first week. A good rule of thumb is that for every 1inch diameter, a tree will use a quart of water per day. A 4inch diameter tree therefore will use I gallon of water per day.
Never let the water level go below the tree’s base.
Keep the tree away from heating ducts or other heat sources. In fact, the lower the temperature, the better the tree will do.
Some people add aspirin, Sprite, or sugar to the water; we cannot say whether this will help. Again, water is the vital element.
Our horticultural team are always available to assist with any further queries you may have on looking after your cut tree, and of course we would love to spend time with you choosing the perfect tree.