Christmas tree care
Remember to ask your supplier where the trees come from, and to choose a locally sourced and grown tree, or one that has at least been grown in the UK rather than abroad.
When displaying trees indoors, avoid placing them too close to a fire or radiator, as this will cause excessive moisture loss and needle drop.
- When you get the tree home, saw 2.5cm (1in) off the bottom with a pruning saw
- Place in a stand with a well of water in the base
- Check daily and top up the water when the level drops
- With care, cut trees should last about four weeks
Trees in pots
- To reduce stress and damage to living trees, display them in a cool room
- Bring trees indoors as late as possible – the weekend before Christmas is ideal
- Do not keep living trees in the house any longer than 12 days, but be guided by the tree. If it looks unhappy, put it back outside
Either plant the tree out in the garden after Christmas, or (if you want to bring it indoors again next year) grow it on in a container, moving it into a bigger pot annually until you reach the maximum size that can be moved comfortably (about 45cm (18in) diameter and depth). Soil-based John Innes No 2 potting media is ideal.