How to Care for Your Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree
Many Christmas tree retailers offer a variety of trees - the most popular being the Nordmann Fir. This classic, non-drop tree has become a household staple and is by far the most sought-after Christmas tree year by year. Gloriously green and perfectly bushy, the Nordmann Fir is undoubtedly picture-worthy and to keep it that way, here are some essential care tips to prolong the life of your tree.
Positioning is key
Choosing the right spot is a massive priority and one that is overlooked, leading many to wonder 'why is my tree dying?' shortly after getting one. The Nordmann Fir is used to cold climates and originates from the mountainous regions of Europe.
To guarantee freshness, position your Christmas tree away from any heat sources such as radiators, fireplaces and direct sunlight.
Heat dries out your real Christmas tree faster, so the further away from potentially damaging heat sources the better, and the fresher your tree will remain.
Luckily for you, Pines and Needles prepare the tree trunk before delivery. We do this to all of our real trees so you don’t have to! Just incase though, before installation, saw off the bottom 1” (3cm) of the trunk. This creates a fresh cut and opens up the pores in the bark, which otherwise can block up with sap within a few hours of being cut. The real tree is then able to drink water via capillary action, allowing it to stay fresh over the festive season.
Watering your tree
The most crucial survival tip? place your fresh tree in plain water - not soil or sand which would block absorption. This is a real tree we're talking about so water is essential to keeping it hydrated and therefore fresh and healthy! Everyday watering is a great way to keep the tree looking its best.
A specially designed watering stand is required of course when topping up your tree with a drink. Once secured in the stand, remove the netting and let your tree settle into its natural position before decorating.
Many precious hours can be wasted trying to make a Christmas tree stand up straight in an ordinary bucket using just bricks or stones! All stands are not created equal, and we strongly recommend the Cinco stands which can be used on trees up to 12ft tall.
Your Christmas tree may drink 2-3 pints (1-2 litres) of water per day, depending on its size and your central heating settings. This is very important as once the water level drops below the tree’s trunk, sap will re-seal the bark within a few hours, preventing the tree from drinking any further water even if you then re-fill the Christmas tree stand.
Bonus tip: what to do after Christmas
We offer Christmas tree collection and removal services + recycling so you won't have to do a thing. Just book in your preferred date of removal and we'll do the rest. Recycling is really important, don't let your tree go to waste! The wood from your tree can be chipped into mulch or used for park footpaths or bridleways.
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