How to look after your Christmas tree and getting the best out of your Christmas trees. 

Picea abies - the traditional real Christmas Tree.Looking after Christmas Trees - or at least the ones without roots on - is a a little bit like looking after cut-flowers. If you don't provide them with water, then they will wilt. In the case of the Christmas Tree, this usually takes the form of Needle Drop! So, this is how you should be looking after your Christmas tree.

Most people will know about crushing the cut stems of cut flowers to enable them to take in water. In the case of the Christmas Tree, crushing the stem is out of the question, but we are all aware of the sticky resin that can exude from conifer stems.

In the case of the Christmas tree, this will harden at the cut off end making it even more difficult for the tree to take in moisture.

So make sure that you cut off around 50mm (2 inches) of the stem, to give a new start to the tree and enable it to take in moisture to see it through its two or three weeks of totally alien surroundings. (Indoors, usually near a radiator, and draped with Christmas Fairy lights that give off a lot more heat than we realise. Just imagine having a 'necklace' of those lights if you have been used to cool living conditions.

Looking after your Christmas Tree - A few hints.

Picea pungens - the blue spruce Christmas Tree

Types of Christmas Trees include...........

Recent additions.

Brugmansia Angels TrumpetBrugmansia - The Angels Trumpets shrub for a stunning display in summer.
If the flowers look good, they have the added advantage of scent!

Houttuynia ChameleonThe Chameleon Plant - Houttuynia cordata Chameleon is a colourful perennial for a damp place - or near the pond

Lupin mixtureLupins are the all-time favourite for cottage gardens, but are welcome in any border - sun or dappled shade. A great colourful perennial.

***Wisteria to prune this month - incase February slipped by!***

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