How to look after your Christmas tree and get the best out of it. 

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.

Picea abies - the traditional real Christmas Tree.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...........

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