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How to care for a Christmas tree

Think of your Christmas tree as a large, particularly beautiful flower - it needs lots of water to keep it fresh and looking wonderful. If you follow our simple tips, your tree will reward you by continuing to look its very best throughout the whole of Christmas.


Buy your tree at the right time

When you buy a real tree, it's best to allow time to leave it outside for at least a week before you bring it indoors. Remove the netting to allow the branches to fall into shape and stand the tree in a bucket of water. If necessary, trim any tips to make it more even before you take it inside to decorate.

Prepare your tree outside

Cut about 5cm from the base of the trunk with a saw, then place the tree in a bucket of water. Remove the netting to allow the branches to fall into shape. If necessary, trim any tips to make it more even before you take it inside to decorate.

Pick the perfect spot

Chose a spot in your room away from sources of heat - fireplaces, radiators, heating vents - that could dry your tree out too rapidly. It should also be away from any areas where it might be easily knocked, or where anyone might trip over the lights' cable.

Prop up your tree

You can buy specifically designed stands with reservoirs for holding the water. Alternatively, you can support your cut tree in a large pot or builder's bucket (dressed up with ribbons etc.) using large, firmly wedged rocks and pieces of wood.

Water your tree

A freshly cut tree can drink up to a pint of water a day, so keep the water level topped up in the stand's reservoir or pot. If you've chosen a rooted tree, make sure the soil is always suitably moist.


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