How to care for your Christmas tree

Article by Homes to Love

Nothing beats the scent of fresh pine at Christmas time. If you’ve already got a tree or are planning on getting one soon, here’s how to keep it looking its best for longer, from the team at Misa Christmas Trees


Photo by Mel Jenkins.


How long will my tree last for if I care for it properly?

If cared for properly it will keep reasonably fresh and definitely remain green for a month.

How long will it last if I don’t care for it properly?

Things can turn pear-shaped very quickly, within days. The most common mistake people make when buying a fresh Christmas tree is leaving it out of water for more than half an hour, or allowing the water in the stand/bucket to run completely dry.

Top tip

When the base is not in water sap leeches out forming a resin-like seal at the base of the tree. Once this happens the tree can’t drink the water it needs because the base is no longer porous.  The good news is if this happens there is a fix: saw a thin sliver off the base of the tree so that the bottom is porous again and able to drink water. Trees drink the most water in the first few days after being cut so that is the time to pay extra attention that they don’t run dry.


Photo by Mel Jenkins.


What should I store my tree in?

Anything that supports the tree well and that holds plenty of water – at least 4 litres of water.  Never put the tree in sand or soil.  Large tree stands with a wide footprint and adjustable levers are a good option for people with small children and/or pets.  Some people go for a bucket with bricks but it’s a lot of hassle so most usually come back for a stand.


Photo by Helen Bankers.


Do I need to water it? If so, how much?

The tree needs plenty of water. Ensure that it doesn’t run dry, as a big tree will drink up to a few litres in the first few days.

Keep an eye on water levels and replenish the tree’s water every few days.

Should I keep it in a shady spot?

Yes definitely keep the tree out of direct sunlight. Sunlight will cause the tree to wilt ahead of its time.


Photo by Mel Jenkins.


Does it need fresh air?

Christmas trees don’t like air conditioning, and they also don’t like to swelter in a warm room that has no circulation.  Both will cause the needles to go limp very quickly, so having some fresh air through is definitely a good idea.

Any top tips we might not know for keeping the tree looking fresh?

The important thing is that the base is cut fresh right before the tree goes in water. If you travel one hour from tree farm to home, definitely get out the handsaw and cut a sliver off the bottom before putting in water.


Photo by Jani Shepherd.


Does loading it with decorations have an effect on the tree’s health?

If anything the decorations help fill up the gaps and imperfections that come with having a real Christmas tree

When am I meant to put my tree up and take it down according to tradition?

They say it’s bad luck to put it up before 1 December. Tradition says the trees is supposed to come down 5 January, the 12th day of Christmas.


Photo by Mel Jenkins.


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