Make sure your living trees stay fresh into the New Year with Kris’ care guide:
General care (cut and potted)
You have two options with net-wrapped trees. Either remove the net outdoors and give the tree a shake to knock off any bugs and spiders, but you risk damaging branches as you bring the tree indoors. Or, keep the netting on until inside to protect the branches, but risk bringing the odd spider in with you!
Spray trees to prevent needle drop. Use a specific product such as Fito’s Needle Drop Stoppa, or for a DIY option use a can of hairspray – it should work just as well.
Position trees away from radiators and other heat sources to prevent drying out. Spread out plastic sheeting under the tree to catch any needles that fall and prevent water damage to the carpet.
If you are buying your tree before you need to bring it inside, stand it in a bucket of water in a sheltered spot, out of drying winds and out of sight – theft is a common occurrence in the build-up to Christmas.
Just before you bring the tree indoors, cut an inch (2.5cm) of wood from the base of the trunk to create a fresh wound that will better draw up water.
Set in a stand with a water reservoir and keep topped up with fresh water. Christmas trees can draw up to four pints of water a day!
Adding a few drops of bleach to the water is said to help with needle retention, but don’t over-do it.
Pot tree care
Aim to have your potted tree inside for just two weeks, but keep an eye on it. If it starts to look stressed move it back outside.
Display your potted tree in a cooler room of the house to reduce stress. Place the plastic pot in a water retaining decorative one, but set it on something so that when you water the roots aren’t sitting wet.
Misting to raise humidity would be a help, but this is dangerous if the tree is covered in electric lighting.
Check the soil/compost daily. If dry an inch or two down, give water. Pot on or plant out after the Christmas season.