It’s really exciting going and buying a real Christmas tree. Picking the plumpest, fattest one, or the tallest greenest one, getting it bagged and netted and taking it to its new home, covering it in decks and making it all pretty.
However, it can be really difficult to care for real trees if you have always had artificial ones, and if you’re not careful you might end up with a sorry looking tree, with more needles on the carpet (and stuck in your socks!) than on its branches come Christmas Day.
There are lots of different types of conifer sold for indoor use at Christmas. Most are cut, but some are grown in containers and others have roots and are dug up and planted in pots.
Caring For Your Christmas Tree
Caring for a cut Christmas tree is like caring for cut-flowers. So if it doesn’t get at least the basics it will wilt, or worse – drop needles all over your carpet. To care for it, before placing it in a stand, cut off 2 inches of the trunk to enable it to suck up moisture.
Make sure you only bring it indoors when you need to, so consider buying it on the day before you plan to put your decks up.
Make sure the stump is directly in water (securely) or you have a stand that allows for it to be watered properly. Make sure the base is secure, the tree is well watered the whole time it is indoors and be extremely careful to ensure the plug socket for the Christmas lights is not splashed or near the tree at all, especially when you are watering it. In all cases, the cooler you can keep the tree the better.
Try to avoid putting it near a radiator or placing it in a room with a real fire. If you look after the cut tree well it will last you about a month.
Potted trees will also need to be in a cool room away from heat or radiators, placed indoors as late as possible and only kept inside for about 12 days maximum. It may be the case that the tree is ‘meant’ to die after its use at Christmas because it has been quickly pulled out of the ground and chucked in a pot, or it has been grown in a container and doesn’t take to it.
However, you cans till try growing it in a container or planting it in a garden, there’s every reason it will thrive.When growing it outdoors clip any shoots that ruin its shape and take off bulky branches competing with the main stem. Any dead branches, broken branches or diseased branches need to be removed quickly.
Depending on the breed of tree you have purchased, with a little luck and the right care, it could grow to anything from 23 ft all the way up to 130 ft. The only way to stop it growing too big is to constrain it with pot size, although this may eventually kill off a larger type.
We hope you all have a lovely Christmas! Don’t forget how important caring for your Christmas tree is!