When to buy a real Christmas tree and how to make it last

It’s a question that is hotly debated every single year – when should you put up your Christmas tree?

Well, after the year we’ve had, we don’t blame people for wanting to put up their decorations a little bit earlier than usual.

However, if you’re planning to buy a real Christmas tree this year, you might want to hang on for a bit yet.

Plant experts at Flowercard have revealed the day you should buy your real Christmas tree if you want it to last through the festivities.

Liam Lapping from Flowercard said: “The day you buy your Christmas tree is one of the most important decisions if you want to make sure it’s still intact throughout the festive season.

“If you take your Christmas tree down straight after New Years Eve then you should buy your tree on the 28th November. We will still be in lockdown in England so it’s important to order in advance if you want your tree to arrive in time.

“However, if you take your Christmas tree down on the Twelfth Night then you should buy your tree on the 2nd December – which is the date lockdown is proposed to be lifted.

“Obviously if you’re planning on having an artificial tree you can put that up whenever you like.

“However, if you want to follow tradition, you should put your tree up on the fourth Sunday before Christmas which this year falls on the 29th November, which is the first day of advent. The Roman Catholics tradition was even stricter, waiting until the afternoon of Christmas Eve to put their tree up – however, we definitely think we need to get in the Christmas spirit before then!

“Typically real Christmas trees last 4-6 weeks if they are looked after properly, so it’s important you buy your Christmas tree at the right time to avoid a sad looking, needleless tree for Santa to leave the presents under…”

Five expert tips from Flowercard to make sure your real Christmas tree makes it to the December 25:

  • Choose the best looking tree. Make sure you come home with a tree in top shape! Before purchasing, give it a big shake to see if any needles are dropping off. Also make sure the needles are green and shiny. If you are ordering online due to lockdown, check to see if your local Christmas tree retailer is offering a delivery service

  • Trim the trunk. The first thing you should do when you receive your Christmas tree is cut about 3cm off the trunk – this way the tree can drink lots of water through its fresh cut as it opens up the bark. If you didn’t do this the sap could have blocked the trunk meaning it wouldn’t be able to soak up anymore water

  • Perfect positioning. Where you decide to place your tree is one of the most important factors to making sure it makes it to the big day. Make sure it’s away from any heat sources such as log burners, open fireplaces and radiators, otherwise your tree will dry out faster. Likewise, keep your tree away from any draughts as they don’t like change!

  • Invest in a stand. If you want your tree to live a healthy life, invest in a Christmas tree stand which will help make sure it has enough water.

  • Make sure your tree drinks as much as you! Make sure your Christmas tree is topped up with water, as if the water dips below the tree’s trunk, the sap will re-seal the bark meaning it won’t be able to drink anymore. 3 pints (of water) a day should be sufficient!

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