Taking care of your christmas tree

Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is rushing to garden centres and DIY stores to be the first to have a beautiful Christmas tree. What traditions can do. So you've picked out a beautiful tree, got your best garlands out and you're all ready for Christmas. "But wait," you think, "isn't a Christmas tree just a living plant? And doesn't it need looking after?" Absolutely right! And because we love all things green and alive, we've written down a few tips to keep your Christmas tree alive. 

General tips

Leave your Christmas tree in the garage or a sheltered place for a day to acclimatise before bringing it inside. It is a sensitive tree and doesn't like change!

  1. Should I water my Christmas tree? While it is acclimatising, give it plenty of water, a few litres at least. 
  2. Place the tree at least 2 metres away from the heating, otherwise your green Christmas friend will get very hot and its needles will fall out.
  3. For the same reason, it should not be placed next to a door that is frequently opened. Draughts also bring sudden temperature changes which your tree does not like.
  4. It is best to place it in a light place that is not exposed to direct sunlight. Bright sunlight causes the needles to fall out more quickly.

Christmas trees with a root ball

A Christmas tree with a root ball or in a pot will last a lot longer than one without. As long as you take good care of it, you don't have to worry that these trees will be hanging limply before Christmas. You can even plant it in the garden after Christmas so you can enjoy it again next year! It may be a little more expensive, but the investment is often worth it. Please note the following tips for its care:

  1. Give a Christmas tree with root ball at least a couple of litres of water while it is acclimatising; they are thirsty boys and need enough to get through the change of scenery. So does a Christmas tree need water? Yes, it does! Sometimes they consume 4-6 litres on the first day!
  2. Even after acclimatisation, your Christmas tree will need around half a litre of water a day.
  3. Make sure the root ball is slightly moist, but not soaking wet. The roots don't like this. A good root ball is just as heavy as the rest of the tree, so when you buy it, grab the tree above the root ball and turn it horizontally. If it is well balanced, you have a good root ball.

Christmas trees without root ball

In most countries, these Christmas trees are most common. The Nordmans we like to put in our living rooms have a root structure which makes it very difficult to dig out the tree completely, so they are cut. This makes these trees a little cheaper, but they also last a maximum of two to three weeks. To make its life as long as possible, you can follow these tips:

  1. When you buy a tree, first cut off three centimetres of the trunk at the bottom (sometimes this is done for you). This allows the tree to absorb moisture more easily.
  2. Let the tree acclimatise and place it in a large container with water. It will fill up quite well during the first days when it gets used to its warmer surroundings. 
  3. Once inside, it will want to stand in a layer of water with its trunk. Preferably put the Christmas tree in a specially designed stand; this also contains a water reservoir that will last about two days. 

The tips above will help you make Christmas even greener! If possible, try to get a Christmas tree with a root ball and plant it in your garden. It takes about 8 years to grow a Christmas tree and the sawn off specimens then sit in our living rooms for up to a month before being discarded. By reusing your tree, we are making our trees more sustainable and you will have a wonderful Christmas!