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Top tips for a happy Christmas tree

If you're planning on buying a real tree this Christmas, we've got some expert tips on keeping those pine needles looking and smelling fresher for longer.

Whether you chose a Norway spruce or a lodgepole pine from our home-grown selection, following our 5 top tips for Christmas tree care will ensure you have a happy looking tree right through to the new year.

Top tip #1: Buy a top quality, fresh tree 

If you want a Christmas centrepiece that can withstand more than a few weeks in your home, shopping with quality in mind is a priority. 

See if there's a Forestry England seller near you for a quality home-grown tree, but if you have to go elsewhere - always check the needles are flexible and green. Tough and breakable needles are a sign of a half-dead tree which won’t stand the test of time.


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Christmas Tree at Home

Top tip #2: Give your trunk a trim

Once you get your tree home, saw half an inch off the trunk. This will rid your tree of any hardened sap and make sure it can absorb lots of water to stay fresh and green throughout your festivities. 

If you don't have the tools available to do it yourself, ask your friendly Christmas tree seller!

Top tip #3: Keep your tree watered

Make sure you choose a sturdy stand that can hold a good amount of liquid. Your Christmas tree needs to be kept in water at all times, so finding a base with a good well that you can access is important.

Check your tree’s water source every day and make sure the trunk is nicely submerged for happy and healthy needles.

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Christmas Tree with Baubles

Top tip #4: Leave out the gimmicks  

You might have been told that Coca-Cola or corn syrup in the base helps to keep your tree alive, or maybe the garden centre tried to send you home with special tree food?

Don’t fall for it! Your beautiful tree just wants a constant supply of fresh water, it's that simple. 

Top tip #5: Not too hot, not too cold 

Your tree’s natural habitat at this time of year is out in the cold air, minimize the shock of the relocation and keep your tree happy by giving your tree some good distance from the radiator. 

Constant heat or fluctuating temperatures can dry your tree out very quickly.

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Ready to buy a quality tree?

Our sustainable, UK-grown Christmas trees are available at a forest near you.

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