Having received your beautiful Christmas tree, you’ll want to make sure it stays fresh across the festive season. Knowing how to care for it can be the difference between it looking perfect or a little worse for wear. Please see our guide below for looking after your Christmas tree.
Remove from netting:
Take the tree out of its netting as soon as possible to avoid moisture being trapped on any damp branches.
If you're not setting up your tree straight away, it's best to securely place it in a bucket of water or directly into a pot or tree stand. Keep it in a cool dry place away from wind and direct sunlight.
Cut the tree trunk (optional):
If you have the tools and ability to do so, you can cut about 25 millimetres (mm) off the trunk of the tree using a panel saw so that the cut base of the tree is fresh. Cutting the trunk means it takes in more water (same effect a fresh cut flowers).
However, given our trees are fresh from our partner grower it isn't necessary if you don't have the tools or want to do so.
Shake the loose needles:
Our trees varieties are all 'low drop' trees meaning they have great needle retention and shouldn't lose many needles, if cared for correctly.
When you are ready to set your tree up, it is still advisable to shake the tree outside to remove any loose foliage or insects. You can also lightly tap the bottom of the tree trunk on the ground to remove any dead needles.
Identify the best location for the tree, away from heaters and radiators:
Locate your tree away from any source of heat, such as radiators, gas heaters, fire places etc. Heat will dry the tree out and cause it to lose its needles faster.
Set up the tree in your stand:
It's best to stand your Green Elf Tree in a purpose designed tree stand. This secures it in place and has a great water reservoir to keep it healthy and fresh.
We have a top quality tree stand available to suit all of our trees. Please see here for more details.
Avoid placing your real tree in sand or soil as this can reduce the amount of water it can uptake.
It's advise that two people set up the Christmas tree, so one can fix the base whilst the other holds the tree stable. Before you start decorating, ensure the tree is sitting straight as it'll be far easier to fix at this point rather than later.
If possible, it's best to leave the tree to settle into shape (unfurling its branches and needles) before decorating.
Decorating your tree:
This is the fun part! We have a range of Christmas tree decorations, natural tree base covers (if you want to cover the stand) and seasonal products. Click here to see more.
Also newer LED (light emitting diode) Christmas lights are a much more convenient option when decorating your tree (plus they use far less energy and cost much less to run). See our beautiful LED lights here.
Water your tree regularly:
Water your tree often to keep it looking plump and full (at least every few days). A dehydrated tree will start to droop and wilt very quickly, so moisture is vital in caring for your tree.
You can add approx 1-2 cups of water at a time (depending on your tree stand water reservoir). A real Christmas tree can drink 1 to 2 litres a day depending on its size and your heating.
If your tree is pot-grown, make sure you water the root ball, and if it’s kept outside on a porch, balcony, or in a garden it might need even more water to avoid it drying out.
Responsibly disposing of your tree:
To ensure your tree minimising its impact on the environment, to avoid nuisance in public spaces and to even give your tree a chance of being repurposed, please ensure it is disposed of/recycled correctly.
To make this easy and convenient for you, we offer a Responsible Tree Removal Service where we will arrange to pick it up from you in early January, and then take it to be composted or up-cycled for another purpose (like turning them into natural based candles!).
You can also contact your local borough or council for advice on options available to you.