Caring For Your Christmas Tree

Published: 6th November 2020

Whether you’re introducing a cut or pot grown Christmas tree to your home there are a few things that are essential to keep your tree thriving throughout the holiday season. We have compiled our list of key points to help care for your tree this Christmas.

Essentials

  • Regularly water your tree to stop it from drying out.
  • Water spillages are a possibility, try to cover the floor underneath or around the base of the tree. 
  • Keep your tree away from open flames and heat sources.
  • Place your tree in a safe area of the room, preferably in a position where it is less likely to cause interference for small children and/or pets. 
  • Place near to a socket if using Christmas lights, stretching cables can create trip hazards in rooms. 
  • Anyone with sensitive skin is at risk of mild allergic reactions and/or rashes. Wear gardening gloves when handling your tree to defer this. 

Cut Trees

Freshly cut Christmas trees look great, but they can drop needles on a daily basis and this will start to increase in rate the longer the tree remains in your home. We’ve compiled a short list to help the tree from losing too many needles.

  • Water your tree regularly. 
  • Do not bring your tree inside your home until you are ready to decorate and create your Christmas display. Cut trees will survive longer outside and can be stored in gardens after purchase (preferably in a pot with water) prior to moving inside. 
  • To aid water consumption, use a handsaw to cut approx. half an inch (1.5cm) off the bottom of your tree base.
  • Stand your tree as soon as possible after cutting the base. 
  • Place your tree in a container of water that is replenished on a regular basis. 
  • Trees that are erected correctly will last longer. Stand your tree in a pot with help from a second person. Make sure to review the tree from a distance before committing to decorating in case further tweaking is necessary. 

Pot Grown Trees

Pot grown trees are great year round plants that can be admired in your garden throughout the year and brought back into the house during the festive period. If looked after correctly you can watch them grow year on year. 

  • Water your tree regularly, but be careful not to over water. 
  • Do not bring your tree inside your home until you are ready to decorate and create your Christmas display. Trees will survive longer outside and can be stored in gardens after purchase (preferably in a pot with water) prior to moving inside. 
  • Pot grown trees can be heavy to move around, make sure to have a partner on hand to assist to avoid personal injury or damage to your home.